Monday, July 28, 2008

3 Meals on Sunday

I don't know what got into me on Sunday, but I cooked 3 meals (I usually manage 1 or 2 and go out or eat leftovers or quick stuff for 1 meal.) Anyway, all 3 meals were well-received by the peanut gallery here, the Internal Monologuist and the Picky Toddler.

#1) For breakfast (no pic, unfortunately), we had a lovely veggie hash. I sauteed some chopped onion (about 1/2 large) until beginning to soften, then added 3 medium cubed red potatos and sauteed about 2 mins. Then I added about 1/4 cup water, put the lid on, and let the potato and onions "steam" for about 7 mins to soften. Then I removed the lid, and continued sauteeing until the potatoes just started to brown. Next, I tossed in some chopped red pepper (about 1/2 large) and about 6 sliced mini zuccinis. Finally, I added about 4 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and cooked through. It was scrumptious, and an easy way to get some veggies and protein at breakfast.

#2) For lunch, we had black bean burritos, with more zuccini (I wanted to use them up!), tomato, cheese, and salsa. The black beans were based on Nava Atlas's recipe for green chili beans - basically you sautee some garlic and onion, add beans and a little water, then some canned green chilis. You finish the dish by mashing some of the beans to give them a creamy texture.

#3) For dinner, we had apricot-lentil soup, which sounds strange, but it is divine. It's Mollie Katzen's recipe. We served it with crostini, goat cheese (a wonderful part of our anniversary gift from Red and Cathie - thanks!), and salad (those new wooden salad bowls are also from Red and Cathie!). Incidentally, the soup is vegan and fat-free, so it's nice if you have vegan or dieting company. For company (whether vegan or omnivorous), I recommend using red or green lentils. The brown ones (as shown below) just aren't that pretty.

Note for parents - for the Picky Toddler, these meals were adapted as follows:
Breakfast - same, but chopped his portion into smaller chunks and helped him with the fork
Lunch - made him a quesadilla with cheese and some black beans and served as tiny cubes
Dinner - he shocked me by eating the lentil soup straight up! It has a lot of spices in it, but he liked it. He can't use a spoon that well yet, so we just fed it to him.
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