05 July 2006

Oh Little Lenties How I've Missed You So...

Remember how much I used to make Sloppy Lenties? Pretty much ever since Jennifer McCann posted about them for Shmoo's lunchbox and I went overboard for a while. Way more than I even posted about. I love my concoction of an adult-slash-kid version of the lenties and it's been a while since I've made them. Boy, did I miss those little bad-boys. I made them exactly the same as I always do (have the recipe memorized) and they were once again, wonderful. I thought it would be too hot and filling to eat these, but the Monsoon has rolled in (3 consecutive days of a dewpoint 55 degrees or higher) and it was a pleasant meal to have during a dust storm. No Seduction bread this time, this was some whole wheat something that was hard on the outside and soft inside and great for this dish. Oh, little lenties, it won't be for too long that we part again... (I'm a nerd).
And here's some blueberry ice cream pie. Sort-of. You see, this is supposed to look blue-er than it looks. I made a similiar pie to the amazing one I made last week but this time decided to make the guilt a bit less and add a shitload of blueberries to make it "healthier". It's not that it's unhealthy, come on, it's vegan, but there's something said about having ice cream pie for lunch three days in a row with no fruit filling. Hmm. List of ingredients in my pie: Arrowhead Mills already baked graham cracker crust, Soy Delicious cookies n cream ice cream, a few Newman's O's, maple syrup, hemp seeds, blueberries, almond butter, chocolate chips. Everything is organic except for the handful of chocolate chips. This pie is amazing.

I know these are two re-runs of many previous posts, but I felt because it's been a week since I've posted, I must post something, even if it's old material. Blogger withdrawl can only last so long.

42 comments:

Melissa West said...

I love this post! One of the reasons why I haven't posted in a while is because of re-runs too! LOL! I mean how many pictues of pizza, grilled sandwiches and cupcakes is anybody really interested in seeing??? So I say kudos to you! Enjoy your favourite food!

I *love* lentils - sloppy lenties sound delicious! Can you link to the recipe?

The ice cream pie looks amazing too. I have been wanting to make one, but my freezer isn't that cold so I am afraid it wouldn't set very well.

Love the post!

raising_kahne said...

ohh. I have missed your post on these linnies too! I have always seen your pics of them and wanted to make them, but just havent really seemed to make the time. Excuses, excuses, i know! Im going to HAVE to make these soon! Do you use organic lentils?? I find it challenging to find organic beans, or maybe I havent looked good enough? hmm... anyways, your pie-ish creation looks amazing!

Megan the Vegan said...

I think reruns are totally blogworthy! It shows just how much you love the recipes. I've never made sloppy lentils...now I plan too!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Lovely to see you and your lentils back! I still have a can of white lentils hiding in my cabinet. I will mention that my polenta log expired in January! It's nuts how long that was in my cabinets.

By the way, cookies and creme and blueberries sound like they can do no wrong!

Melody said...

omg, that pie... looks...sooo....goood....

Lentils are amazing.. one of my favs definitely..

Carrie™ said...

I like dishes like sloppy lentils. It's such comfort food. That bread looks amazing. I'm a real bread lover. And blueberry ice cream pie! How can you got wrong? Have it for lunch? Sure! Why not? Great post Leslie. Glad you're back.

Urban Vegan said...

There's a reason we watch reruns on TV. The same goes for blogging--this is good, yummilicious stuff.

krispycheks said...

Man, I need to make an ice cream pie! So nummy...

Julie said...

I was starting to get worried when it was almost a week w/o any blogging from you!!

Oldies...but definetly still goodies! :)

Wanna meet at Green soon? I commented on your myspace--but, you must not be as addicted as me! ;)

Shananigans said...

I don’t know where I was but I think is my first time running across the sloppy lenties? Maybe I vaguely remember them from the VLB. In any case, could you please take the guess work out and post a link to the recipe? I love lentils, these look so yummy! That pie does look really good too. I’ve been satisfying my sweet tooth with pure unadulterated fresh fruit lately. I’m munching on some chilled watermelon slices right now, I love summer!

EatPeacePlease said...

For everyone, this is my modified version of the lenties. Feel free to change it up. Here's the recipe:
1.5c. red lentils, rinsed, drained
3c water
1.5-2c. tomato sauce (depending on how much you like tomato, use a jar or your own.)
1.5T tamari (soy) sauce
2 carrots, peeled, chopped
2 cloves garlic, small, chopped
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
a few handfuls of kale, chopped.
1t. basil, dried
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne or chili flakes

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Rinse and drain lentils and add them to the water. Cover and simmer (reduce heat). Add the tomato sauce and soy sauce and keep simmering.
I like to take the onion, garlic, carrots and kale and mince it in a food processor. I do this in 2 batches. Or just cut it and add to the pot.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Simmer for at least 30 minutes or until lentils are soft, while stirring every once in a while. Serve with bread or food item of choice.
Serves 3 or 2 very hungry people or 4 small servings, or just 2 with 2 leftovers.

It's kind of weird, once I make sloppy lenties I can't get them out of my head for a while. Until I make them too much! These are awesome and so simple to make (just one pot, a few tools and a bowl).

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Julie, I'd love to go to Green. I have this new thing that I can't go there for lunch anyomore (or first meal of the day), it's just too much! Too filling, too amazing and it shocks my stomach during the daytime. I'd love to meet for dinner or somewhere (lighter) for lunch.

Dori said...

Lenties, it is good to see you again too. Melissa will be trying lentils for Catherine soon.

Great looking pie! I think of the the kids will soon try on e of those. I have to wait to get soy icecream though. I have to travel over 50 miles to get to the cosest store that carries it. Soon I will make the trip though.

Mary said...

That pie looks so good. I'm becoming addicted to sweets again. :( I'll have to make some of your lentils. Yummy.

krispycheks said...

I got to be that way too with Green. Very good, but serious junk food. If it was too early in the day I'd feel sick.

EatPeacePlease said...

Dori, this may sound terrible (and very urban-american), but if I lived 50 miles (or more than 1 mile, hehe) away from soy ice cream I would fall over and die. My body just wouldn't know what to do!
I actually can get it right next door a 1/4 mile away (bragging, sorry). Seriously though, I really would have major problems if I had limited access to it. Other things, I can survive! Ice cream is ALWAYS in my freezer.

Mary, being addicted to *good* sweets is great! It's the processed un-vegan crap that is bad. Go for 'em! And the lenties.

Kris, yep. I made my vow the other day. No more lunch there.

Dreena said...

Leslie, who minds re-runs? Not me (or anyone else, clearly!), your posts are always a treat!

ps: I wear my necklace SO much. I love it. Have had people comment on how beautiful and unique it is. Thank you. :)

Isil S. said...

We love lentils,too. I cook lentils every week ;)If not the soup, the indian style, or the lentil koftas which is great in summer.

Vivacious Vegan said...

Hi Leslie,
I recently came across your website and have had a lot of fun reading about your adventures. I'm currently simmering your recipe for sloppy lenties right now. I plan on eating them with some homemade whole wheat bread (also in the oven). They smell sooooo good. I'll let you know how they turn out. - Crystal

KleoPatra said...

Leslie... i don't watch TV but i'll visit your reruns any day. The pie looks amazing and lentils are always, always groovy when you cook 'em up. The LOOK grand... i can only imagine how great they TASTE!!!

And y'know, life's short. "Play hard" but also EAT WHAT YOU LOVE!!

Michelle said...

lentils are so good! and that pie looks fab too!

Vivacious Vegan said...

YUMMY!!! I made your sloppy lenties with homemade whole wheat bread last night. Check out my blog for pictures (and you can also see a picture of my cute cat gobbeling them up as well). This was such a delicious meal. I'll defintely be making this regularly. I can imagine it a whole bunch of different ways also (in a pita, stuffed in a bell pepper or a tomato). I really like your blog. Glad I found it. - Crystal

funwithyourfood said...

mmmm sloppy lenties. NOT kid food- PEOPLE food and I like it!

Frozen pie sounds good too. My grandma just gave me a recipe for a pie(not vegan of course but I'm working on it)
I'll let you know how it goes


Teddy

Ps i'm back from upstate NY yaaayy!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Yes, I did see your version with quinoa. I'm going to have to try that next time. I'll probably just add them all together - cause I'm kind of lazy like that. We had this leftover again today and it was sooo yummy! It's a good thing I'm out of carrots because I'd probably make it again tomorrow.

raising_kahne said...

Last night I made your powerhouse treats(with my own twist to it of course) and I must say, I dont think Ill be buying as much packaged snacks anymore! These were awesome, not to mention easy and fun. My dog Zoe and I LOVED them!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Ok, I swear this is the last time I'm going to post about your lenties. My friend saw my blog about them and made them for dinner. here's the email she sent me: "just finished dinner!!!! it was delish, i added a bit more water and a red chili pepper from the garden as well as the jalapeno. tony is having 2nds as we speak, its after 9:00, i had to go to the store so dinner was late!!!! but delish, thank you!" they're so good - everyone loves them. thanks again!!!

Cindy said...

I am glad that I am not the only one having difficulties finding time to post lately. The pie looks fantastic. I will definitely have to give it a try.

Vicki said...

awesome looking food, leslie! glad to see that you & lennie are back in company & that pie looks like a perfect lunch to me! blueberrries are the best.

i'm wearing my new necklace you made right now & can't wait to post so you can see how perfect it is for me! thanks again!!! :o)

vegegriff said...

update again soon please. i miss your food pictures and tales. :]

funwithyourfood said...

Pine nut
which is both a nut AND the name of a city.

teddy

raising_kahne said...

Sorry to bother you again Leslie. I just had a question: I know you told me that fractionated palm kernel oil in my carob chips were bad(which I hate cause for some reason Ive been craving those carob chips now!) but is there another ingredient that should replace it?? Or a certain brand that you've found good? I thought it was weird because I asked a nutritionist what he thought about it, and he said that his family eats it a lot. He said they just take the oil solids and only use parts of the oil, and so they're not bad. But I understand what you said, and also the research I did mostly said that fractionated palm kernel oil was not all that good. Is there anything that would help with my confusion?? lol

raising_kahne said...

Thanks for the further info about the carob chips. I think I was just trying to find some good in them because like most people I hate wasting food, and I bought two big bags of those. But Ive read too much about it to even eat any now(haha. Im very paranoid sometimes!) and now that you memtioned getting them in bulk, we actually do have some in the store that I go to, so i will definately check those out! Thanks again! Oh yeah, this is pretty much randomness, but it's been awhile since you posted about your weekly treats. Are you still making them or sticking to your new awesome ideas??

Jody from VegChic said...

I've been checking back every so often, but this is my first comment for this post.

You must be dieing heatwise as you haven't been posting. Tonight, I felt like you. It was 90+ outside and 80+ inside and I couldn't bring myself to cook.

I'm glad I checked out the comments tonight though because your recipe for the lentils is here. When it cools off, I will give them a try. They look yummy.

krispycheks said...

Oh Little Leslie, how we miss you so... ;)

EatPeacePlease said...

Kris, too cute!

I am coming back soon everyone. Maybe later today or tomorrow.

"Dragonslayer", I got your email, didn't publish it, and I'll get back to you when I do emails (soon).

raising_kahne said...

re your sloppy lentils recipe, Ive gotten most of the ingredients, but should the kale be steamed? And if I dont cut the kale up little enough, will it be horrible in the dish?? Ive never had kale, but finally bought some yesterday, and am very anxious to try it!

EatPeacePlease said...

Savanna, don't steam the kale first. It will be in the whole pot of water, lentils sauce and everything else, so it will soften just fine! As for cutting it up, I like to "hide" my veggies sometimes so I put mine in the processor until it looked like small dried herbs. Don't blend too much though, you don't want puree. If you want to chop them large or small, it is really up to you. If they are large, they will shrink a bit in cooking. Does this help?

EatPeacePlease said...

Plus, since you've never had kale before, I recommend trying it in here cut up somewhat smaller. If you want to try it plain, I suggest looking at Vicki's site (vegetarian family) because she uses it quite a bit in different variations. You could try steaming it lightly and have it plain, or if you want saute it in a bit of olive oil with some lemon juice and simple salt and pepper. You can even omit the oil. I really like kale with pine nuts and dried cranberries and some lemon juice and s/p. That's my favorite combo.

raising_kahne said...

Ok Im glad you told me that! I actually just steamed a little bit of it up just to try, and to be honest, it was gross. But it's probably because it didnt have much flavor, so Im still going to use it in the sloppy lennies! Im kinda confused, are you supposed to pull the "leaf" off the stem, or do you eat the stem also?

EatPeacePlease said...

Savanna, oops. I would recommend you pulling the leaf from the stem. I do that, although I do leave some of the thinner parts of the stems on. There are many nutrients in stems. The bottom thicker part though is very fibrous, so you may not care for it. I'd just cut the leaves off. I'm lazy and I just tear them with my hands.

Alex Rider said...

I just wanted to tell you that I really love your blog.... I am new to eating healthy as opposed to gourmet etc.... I can't wait to try this lentil recipe (like so many).

Alex...

Anonymous said...

it bums me out that pom has been linked to animal testing.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Also - Leslie, I totally change the corn chowder recipe around as well. I like mine less thick than recommended - and spicier. I definitely use 1/4 of the amount of rosemary called for.