Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Sprouted Lentil Dip and a new cookbook
I've been sprouting lots of lentils as of late. (I just tried chickpeas: MAJOR FAIL). They smell so bad, I'm going to throw them out. I don't know what went wrong. They have long sprouts on them. I wonder if I soaked them too long..the book said about 24 hours. But I'm reading around, and it says more like 8-12 hours. I rinsed them 2-3 times a day for 3 days. Maybe that's too long too. Anyone have experience with sprouting chickpeas/garbonzos?
On the other hand, my lentils are delicious! So here's a recipe for you:
Sprouted Lentil Dip:
4 cups sprouted lentils (green)
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp minced garlic
3-4 TB water (for texture)
salt to taste
dash of paprika
Blend everything in a food processor. It may take a few tries, scraping down the sides, as the lentils like to stick to the side of the bowl. Add a little extra water if it's too thick for you. This has a very 'earthy' flavor. I find that sprouted lentils have a very different taste than cooked lentils, so try eating the sprouts first...if you like the strong flavor, you'll love this dip!
I made some raw mustard from one of my new raw books too! I can't even eat it. It's WAY too strong, like horseradish. S loves it, though. Next time I won't let it "ferment" so long (2 days).
I recently downloaded the Happy Herbivore Cookbook for Kindle. This will be my last cookbook purchase for a while, as it's now time to save money. (if you're listening, DaCapo books or anyone else...you're welcome to send me cookbooks for review!!) Hahaha.....
Well anyway, this is a great cookbook. It's full of Fat-Free and Lowfat Vegan recipes and I've already made 3 things from it:
Red Lentil Dal:
5-Spice Harmony Bowl:
And for a quick dessert, Instant Cookie Dough:
Go get yourself this awesome new book, just released!!
And of course last Saturday was National Vegan Pizza Day, so here's what I made:
My whole grain pizza crust, made with Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat and 10-grain flours, topped with sauce, Daiya cheese, and onions, green peppers, and tomatoes! So good! You can find my recipe for it here.
Speaking of Bob's Red Mill, my giveaway just ended....with a surprisingly low number of entries. Nonetheless, three winners will be chosen this week, so check back often!
On another note, it's 70 degrees and pouring today. It will be 33 degrees by 4 in the morning. Major weather changes are happening. This is pretty typical for this area this time of year.
Hope you guys don't have an overload of snow and ice...