Thursday, October 13, 2011

recipe of the day

without intention, ive noticed i can go days without eating meat!
when a meat option is available for lunch at work, i find myself skipping out for the veggie dish

i used to be a vegetarian back in high school
but my mom was concerned i wasn't getting the right nutrients
and for all intents and purposes - she was probably right
you do, afterall, have to know how to eat properly when being a vegetarian and get the sufficient amount of protein and iron (which i was lacking).

now that i'm aware of my meat-less eating habits
and how easy it is for me
i figure, what the heck, why not embrace it

heres a recipe i found today from The Grub Daily Blog
i plan to get all the ingredients this weekend at the farmers market

Lentil Salad with Herbs, Tomatoes and Spinach
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Ingredients }

  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To Make the Salad } Place the lentils in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover with towel or lid and allow to soak for 20-25 minutes, or until softened.
Over medium-high flame, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the shallots and cook until they are softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, lentil, basil, parsley, and mint to the pan and stir to combine. Cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper and serve!
let me know if you try this before me and how it turns out!

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