Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The First and The Last

Perhaps I’m the first to post about Laura’s yummy Refried Lentils. I always have lentils in the pantry and I always want to make Indian dishes with them, so I was excited to find a recipe using them in a TexMex way. I followed the recipe exactly, and also added a red pepper that I didn’t want to go to waste.




I made a taco salad without the tortilla shell.



Thanks for sharing your recipe, Laura. I really enjoyed the Refried Lentils!


Perhaps I’m the last to make the Seitan O’Greatness. Seitan is not a gluten free girl’s friend, but I wanted to make it for my son. I did have a taste of it and I thought it was excellent, very spicy and a great texture. Chase loved it too, and he commented that he thought it was not as good warm as it was cold. It didn’t turn out too dry, except for the end where the foil exploded for some reason. I guess I need to look for super duper extra heavy duty foil.


And thanks to ppk forums for posting the nutritional information. (Chase said he was glad to know he could eat the whole thing!)



Sometimes I get stuck in a food rut, tending to eat the same foods all the time. Now I only want Indian food, so I’ve tried to get away from that. I made some Italian Broccoli and Cauliflower…..




…. and some Italian Green Beans with red peppers and yellow squash….


….. and a cucumber and radish salad simply dressed with vinegar and oil.





Have a great week! I hope it’s warm and springlike where you are.

20 comments:

laura jesser said...

I'm glad the recipe worked for you! A pepper would be a delicious addition. I'm lovin' all your veggie dishes, the cucumber and radish salad perhaps being the best. It all sounds simply fabulous.

Twisted Cinderella said...

It looks great! You are not the last to make the Seitan O’Greatness, I have yet to try it as well. But I really want to!

Johanna3 said...

i love your colorful veggies!

Mikaela said...

Everything looks great - especially that cucumber and radish salad :)

erica said...

oooh so much veggies. You'd think I'd be getting sick of them (I kinda am!), but they look really good. I love a radish.

The refried lentils sounds really interesting, too. I will have to try those sometime.

Okra Mary said...

It's slowly starting to be more spring-like here....after that wild nor'easter! I made the seitan o'greatness, but just had some thing/cheapo foil from the dollar store...I just did a good double wrap and had no problems.

stonielove said...

hi! your meals are so colorful and beautiful! taco salad without shell sounds awesome right now!

peace,
stonielove

scottishvegan said...

The refried lentils look good! I really liked the idea of them when I saw them on Laura’s blog. Don’t worry, you’re not quite the last one to try the Seitan O Greatness! I think that will be me! I will do it eventually!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Looking good! You are not the last one to have not tried the yummy Seitan O Greatness. I have yet to handle cooking so much. Part of me wants to hit the pain pills (which i hate to take and don't) just to cook. I hope tomorrow is a better day. I am going to have to make those lentils. Love lentils. Heavens lil treasures.

KleoPatra said...

That's so great that you did up Laura's recipe... so nicely, too. Love the dish your taco salad is on, too. Cute plate!! That seitan o'greatness... it's EVERYwhere!! Yours is lookin' good... Adorin' all the veggies, Diann. Well done. I wish i had such imagination to do such nice work with my vegetablees!

Chris said...

I just posted about a different kind of lentil dish but they're good in any form. The taco salad looks great!

Judy said...

I've been really digging lentils lately. Guess I'm not the only one.

I hate radishes, but your salad at the end looks good enough to almost make me eat them. Almost. :)

Emmy said...

Refried lentils...what a great idea. Thanks for the heads up about this recipe. You did a good job shaping the Seitan O' Greatness. My turned out with a large bulge on one side. All your veggies dishes look terrific.

Supposedly the weather is going to be springlike this weekend...the weatherman on tv is teasing us with hopes of 70 degree weather. It's hard to believe that when it's only in the 40's right now.

Candi said...

Hi Diann!

I'm glad it's springy where you are, and it's starting to warm up here too. Yay! :)

I have made the baked seitan, but mine was dry. :( I will try again now that I have vegan worcestershire sauce. Lol! Yours looks good!

I really love the cucumber and radish salad. So light and crunchy, I'd love it!

Vicki said...

oooh, you made laura's refried lentils, & they look just as fabulous here (i love the inspiration we get from other bloggers) can you believe i have not made the seitan o' greatness yet *hangs head* so you may be the next to last! the freshness of your radish salad jumps right off the screen. congrats on your nomination -- i voted for your beautiful blog -- good luck! :o)

Melody Polakow said...

Refried lentils! I love lentils in mexican food.. mmm..

the radish and cuke salad looks so good and refreshing. I need to make up a pepperoni type seitan o greatness for Monday... we are having vegan pizza at the cafe!

Fran said...

Your food always looks so good--I wish I could eat the pictures!

Keep cooking vegan,

Fran

Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi tex, I did it! Your lovely post finally gave me the push to try cooking today. I made the seitan o'greatness. I linked your beautiful post. Thaks for being there!

Kati said...

Oh no - I've missed so many of your posts! I haven't been hopping around the blogosphere much lately...and it looks like I've missed some good food. I would love a piece of that cornbread in the previous post. Cornbread is one of my favorites, even though I haven't made it in awhile.

It is definitely not springlike around here...but I'm hoping it will warm up a little this weekend. Have a good one!

Kate said...

I get stuck in food ruts all the time. A few weeks ago I stir fried every night for a week. Seitan o’ greatness is still on my list of foods to try and the lentils look really yummy.