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I am beginning to think that we may have skipped fall completely and jumped right into winter.  It has been in the 20’s the last few nights and barely breaking 50 degrees during the day.  I was ready for the cool fall weather but, Holy frost bite!!!  This is madness!

With the sudden onset of cold weather I have been fortunate enough to catch a nasty cold.  So this post will be kind of short as I am still working on getting some rest and recuperating.  I have mostly been eating soups and drinking tea.  Nothing to creative going on at the moment in my kitchen.  Be looking forward to some great posts over the next few days though.  I got a new vegan cookbook this weekend and I am dying to try out the recipes and give you a full report.

As I will be hanging out at the house tomorrow, and possibly the next day, so I will be doing a longer post with some new recipes.  I hope everyone is staying warm.  I am going to snuggle up with my comforter and try to kick this cold in the tush.  Wish me luck!

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As mentioned in the previous post, I was experimenting with some new recipes this weekend.  The lentil loaf recipe appealed to me because I had some leftover rice in the fridge and I love lentils.  I put my own twist on this recipe which I found in the New Farm  Cookbook edited by Louise Hagler and Dorothy Bates.  I highly recommend this cookbook.  It has many great recipes that can be customized to suit anyone’s taste.

Spicy Lentil Loaf

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups Lentils

3-1/2 cups water

2 small or 1 large Onion, chopped

2 cups Brown Rice, cooked

1/2 tsp. minced Garlic (optional)

1/3 cup + 1/3 cup Hot or Mild Salsa, divided

 Seasonings of your choice (I like cumin, chili powder and crushed red peppers)

 

Directions:

Rinse and sort you lentils then cook them with 3-1/2 cups of water.  Lentils are ready when almost all of the water has been absorbed.  While the lentils are cooking, sauté your onions and garlic in oil or water until onions are clear and soft.  In a large bowl, partially mash lentils with a fork or potato masher and combine with the onion and garlic mixture, brown rice, 1/3 cup salsa and seasonings.  Firmly press this mixture into a well oiled loaf pan and cover the top with remaining salsa.

Bake for 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

I enjoyed this with some vegan cornbread and mixed green salad.  How do you like you lentils prepared?

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It was really nice to get a chance to relax this weekend.  There was not one day last week when I didn’t have to be somewhere.  I made the most of my downtime by trying out some vegan recipes from The New Farm Cookbook by Louise Hagler and Dorothy Bates.   I have had this cookbook for quite a few years and I loved it even before I went vegetarian.

Since I only have a few days left until the big V-day I wanted to try some recipes that I hadn’t yet.  That way I could expand my arsenal of tasty vegan stand by foods.  On the menu were Vegan Pancakes, Lentil Loaf, Dal, Soft Sandwich Buns and Banana Bread.  All of them were fantastic, but I have to admit that I improvised a bit on some of them.   I’ll be sure to post my adapted recipes later this afternoon and will hopefully be adding pictures shortly.   I just need to get the camera dusted off and ready to go.

What are some of you favorite vegan go to foods/recipes?  Let us know the foods that you can’t live without and definitely feel free to pass on the recipe.

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