I was feeling like having something special. You know those mornings where you feel like celebrating the fact that you’re alive, healthy and free? I absolutely adore those precious moments of the morning that are all your own. The French treat themselves to a chocolate croissant, so I figured, why not create something along those lines? I’ll be honest here, I love chocolate croissants. But I have no idea how they could have them for breakfast. I’d starve. I wanted something a little more substantial, something with a little sticky power. Why not something between a biscuit and a scone? While we’re at it, why not add some lentils? Yup, lentils! People are on a quinoa kick, adding them to cakes so why not add the much neglected lentil? We’ve seen it in cookies, so let’s expand on that idea. Lentils are packed with fiber, iron and protein. It sounded like this might be the trick for the “sticking” power I was looking for.
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This recipe was a last minute inspired meal. While at Edible Island, Courtenay’s local organic store, I decided to swing by the coolers to see what kind of treats they had brought in. I had just run in for a quick lentil run, but once they get me into the store, I have a hard time leaving without spending 30 dollars. The great part of this trip was the organic lamb shanks they were selling for 3 bucks! I love happy lamb shanks and when they are in that price range, they are irresistible. They also received a bunch of fresh winter kale that was gorgeous. So there it was, dinner in the bag. Kale, lentils and lamb. I was sure I had a recipe that I could tweak to make this combination work. It turned out great and it will certainly be a standby when the shanks are on sale again. I hope you enjoy the twist of kale with your lamb. I couldn’t resist sneaking in a power house of nutrition like kale and lentils.
My adventures in cooking usually start in the grocery store. I either find some bean, or vegetable that I have never used or don’t use very often and decide to bring it home. The internet is a fantastic resource for inspiration when it comes to figuring out what to make for dinner. Because I don’t always find the recipe first, I’ll often only have that item plus whatever else I have in my cupboards and my grocery cart. Often a lot of substitutions need to be made to accommodate the fact that I don’t have everything that the recipe calls for, and also because I like to decrease the salt, sugar and fat as much as possible without forsaking flavor. I just don’t want to give myself clogged arteries either. I love my arteries free flowing.
It’s a fine balance if you ask me. I don’t wont want my food to taste like I am on some weird health kick that involves seaweed, dried mushrooms and onion butter. My mother was on the macrobiotic kick for a while. Anyone try the macrobiotic diet? Some of the stuff is pretty good, just like healthy food should be, but some of it was just plain awful. I’m sorry but it’s true.
I’ve been wanting to try beluga lentils for a long time. They’re not the easiest to find, but this recipe will work equally well with french lentils. I think the appeal comes from the fact that they’re almost black, a little shiny, kind of like little black gems. Maybe I should try sprouting them. Anyway, this turned out to be perfect. A light meal packed full of nutrition and nothing to leave you feeling over stuffed or sluggish. We had this for dinner but it would also make an amazing weekend lunch as well. I love the aroma of toasted cumin seeds, the fresh citrus smell of lemons all paired with the mild earthy taste of these little delicate lentils. The squash adds some filler and is less traditional than peppers or zucchini, but I would recommend adding fresh spinach at the end of the cooking time of the lentils to balance out all the orange on this plate.
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Nothing fancy here folks, just good ol’ comforting lentil soup. Until you taste this little gem of course. Years and years ago, let’s just say less than a decade ago, my sister made this soup for me on a chilly fall day shortly after I moved to Edmonton, Alberta. I was a little lonely and feeling saddened by the ever shrinking amount of daylight we were getting and my sister and I sat down to have lunch together. There’s something about that memory. A combination of the fall light shining through the kitchen window upon our seats, the comfort of a sister and friend, and the intimacy of sharing a casual lunch on a clear cold afternoon that has made this my “go to” soup. My husband swears that he fell for me when I made him this soup on cold stormy December day in Nelson, BC.