lentil and bulgur soup

I fixed this soup today and was liked. I changed the original recipe a bit to this:

LENTIL AND BULGUR SOUP (original recipe here.)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 shallot or onion, thinly sliced
6 cups water
1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
1/2 cup bulgur wheat
2 to 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 T chile powder
1 T cumin
1 small can tomato sauce

DIRECTIONS

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook
carrot, celery, and shallot until tender, about 6 minutes. Add
water and lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer,
partially covered, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
Stir in bulgur, and cook, partially covered, until bulgur is
tender but still slightly chewy, about 5 minutes.
Drizzle with vinegar to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle with oil, and season with pepper.

It was pretty good; anyway, there is none left 🙂 We also had baked potatoes and zucchini and tasty salad.

jjll

menu time

I have a friend who has 10 meals she rotates for her family and they are happy with it. I believe it is my time to do this. If it was just my husband and me, things would be more layed back and relaxed, but with his autistic brother living with us, things need to be on time and also I need to fix more food, of course. We do enjoy having him live with us and he does wash dishes and sweep floors and about any other job we ask him to do (with no complaining even).

Here’s the first couple meals I made which they are happy with. We have cut out meat, dairy (except yummy kefir I make myself) and sweets, so I can’t just fix rice and lentils every day, although they would probably be okay with that too.

Recipe #1

Potato Millet Casserole

1 c. millet

2 1/2 c. water

2 med. potatoes

1/2 c. nutritional yeast

1/4 c. fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

2 T. Bragg liquid Aminos

1/4 c. olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and oil a 9X13 inch baking dish.

Rinse millet and drain. Bring water to boil. Cook 25-30 minutes.

Boil unskinned potatoes 15-20 minutes. Cool.

Place millet in large bowl. Grate potato and onion using largest holes of grater. Place in bowl with millet. Add yeast, parsley, salt and aminos. Combine all. Put in prepared pan. With knife score into squares. Pour 1/4 c. oil over top.

Bake 25-30 minutes. Serves 8.

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Recipe #2

Pasta and Garbanzo Bean Casserole

1 (16 oz. or less) pkg.  pasta

2 T. olive oil

1 med. onion

3 cloves garlic

1/2 green bell pepper

1/2 red bell pepper

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can garbanzo beans

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. gr. coriander

salt to taste

pepper to taste

1/2 c. mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. oil 9×13 inch pan.

Cook pasta 8-10 minutes. drain.

Heat olive oil in skillet. Cook onion ’til soft. Add garlic and peppers. Stir and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in tomatoes and beans and seasonings. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in pasta. Put ni prepared baking dish. Top with chees.

Bake 30-40 minutes.

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dear husband asked for crackers, so this one looks good. http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/17/easy-vegan-gluten-free-crackers/

 

strawberry companion plants

I have a bed for strawberries and so far they are really blossoming this Spring. Someone told me that in Florida they grow onions with strawberries, but this guide I found doesn’t say that, although it doesn’t say not to plant them with strawberries either.

http://strawberryplants.org/2011/03/companion-planting-strawberries/

I see it says not to plant near the cabbage plant, but bush beans are good, so I will probably plant beans in the bed closest to the strawberries.

Went out and took some pictures – so fresh and nice after rain and will be warming up soon.

another interesting thing – wicking beds http://www.urbanfoodgarden.org/main/wicking-beds/wicking-beds.htm – the same as self-watering containers I think.

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I’ve been reading about keyhole gardens where you put a compost thing in the middle for your kitchen scraps, etc. and then water it through that and so here I have put the circular wire and I am adding the kitchen scraps. I will cover the compost leaves with peat moss, vermiculite and more composted compost, as in the new square foot gardening book.

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I don’t know what these lovely flowers are, but I’m glad they are growing so nicely. I planted some wildflower seeds here and so I will eventually find out what they are.

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Potato plants popping up nicely through the straw.

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Meadow Sage is a winner!

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Love the tulips !

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bean flour

using beans for flour

This is something I’m interesting in so will pursue it in time. I have a flour grinder so I assume it will work for beans as well as grains.

I picniked the photo to death –

This picture was on Facebook of a friend whose mom changed his bed sheets without his knowledge – I thought the look on his face was so hilarious ! ! !

(I added the blacked out eyes)