After the weekend’s dinner party cookery, I wasn’t in the mood to be too ambitious in the kitchen on Monday. So I looked to the freezer, where I thankfully stored loads of leftovers from days gone by: creole red beans, cornbread, green lentils, cashew gravy. Lots of potential.
The red beans and cornbread made for a tasty, quick lunch (it would have been quicker if I could hadn’t bothered to saute some leeks and spinach, but I gotta have my greens!).
Dinner was a surprise hit. I used Mark Bittman’s recipe for the simplest bean burgers and turned it into a loaf with the brown lentils. It was mighty good! And dead simple: lentils, rolled oats, onion, egg, a spoonful of tomato paste, parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. This could be easily veganized with some tofu or “flax eggs” instead of the eggs. It took about 10 minutes to put everything together (mostly due to the fact that I had to thaw the lentils in a pan – it would have been quicker if I took the lentils out of the freezer earlier to thaw).
One quick tip about lentil loaves: mix this stuff with your hands. It’s the best way to really mush up the beans in with the other ingredients and ensure a loaf that isn’t too crumbly.
I’m looking forward to using the leftovers in a sandwich. Meatloaf sandwich anyone?
Food and Exercise Log | Monday, October 13, 2009