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Lentils with Farro

By: Kate Davies

I discovered the joy of these savory lentils in my early twenties. In addition to being a simple, affordable meal, stewed lentils and rice topped with fried onion is pure comfort. Mujadra, Mejadra, and Mujadara are all names for the middle-eastern dish, which typically has warm spices and is sometimes served with yogurt sauce. Mejadra (as I’ll call it from now on) is like chicken soup. There are many ways to make it, and those of us who have developed our own version regard it as a warm and satisfying staple when comfort food is required.

Lentils with Farro

Some versions of Mejadra are ‘one-pot’ meals (Hungerpot, anyone?) however I love pairing my lentils with Farro (a hearty, ancient form of wheat). Farro requires a longer cooking time than rice, which can complicate the timing if you don’t want your lentils to turn to mush. This is a marvelous opportunity to use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to increase the rich, savory profile of this dish. Continue Reading…

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Korean BBQ Lentils

Who knew that lentils make an easy, cheap, and delicious alternative to beef? I sure didn’t. Not until I tried this brilliant recipe that is sure to satisfy vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

PS: This is enough for two medium adult and two children’s servings. I would definitely double this if you’re hungry!

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Friends with Recipes: A Duo of Inspired Spanish Salads

This week’s “Friends with Recipes” post is from yet another of the many lovely people I have met through Instagram. Aleid was sweet enough to come say hit to me at an event last year and we had a great time chatting (mostly about toddlers and #froobs). I’m a sucker for interesting, fun, positive people, so when she asked about submitting a recipe that ties into her new art blog, I couldn’t say no!

I love the creativity behind this gorgeous meal, and the two salads offered below are a perfect addition to a light, tapas style dinner (my favourite kind of meal!). I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Bethie x

A Duo of Inspired Spanish Salads – Aleid Farnum-Ford

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Lentil Soup with Smoked Paprika

Jason discovered this recipe shortly after we moved to London and it has been a favourite ever since. It tastes delicious, is easy to make, and is full of healthy ingredients. A major bonus is that as long as you have garlic and an onion on hand, the rest of the ingredients can come from your pantry so it is a great last minute meal! (It is definitely nicer with fresh thyme, but still delicious with dried!) I’ve adapted this recipe so that it is a bit easier for a weeknight meal, and have also included a handful of spinach for a bit of veg (though I forgot to put it in this batch! Oops!).

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Meal Plan #7

I just finished up a meeting with another SE London mama about some really fun food/community building ideas! We’re still figuring out how to make it all work, but it is shaping up to be pretty exciting! I can’t wait to tell you more!

In other news, we’ve reached seven weeks of meal planning here on the blog! I feel like the tenth week should be something more exciting . . . perhaps a guest recipe? What do you think?

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Weekly Meal Plan #6

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We’ve had a fantastic break, but I admit I am looking forward to getting back to normal life! I’ve spent the last few weeks feasting on heavy foods and far too many Christmas cookies, and am looking forward to returning to our usual vegetarian fare.

We’re starting out the new year with some of our favourite recipes. I am particularly excited to share Tuesday’s recipe with you. It is SO good!

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Lentil Soup

This is one of my favourite soups. The ingredients are simple (onion, garlic, carrot, lentils, etc.), but they mix together to create a perfectly flavoured meal.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThe most time consuming part of this recipe is the vegetable chopping. That being said, many of the recipes that require a lot of chopping end up being the best, and most nutritious meals, so believe me when I say it is worth the effort! Continue Reading…

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Weekly Meal Plan #3

I was in a panic last week when I realised that my two dinners from Marley Spoon were coming this week and not last week! I happened to have some frozen fish cakes on hand that saved the day for one night, and we ended up going for dinner at a friend’s house the second night, so it all worked out in the end! Disaster averted. 😉

I am excited to include my most favourite lentil soup in this week’s plan. Even my mom (a notoriously picker eater) loves it! We’re also doing some quick and yummy burrito bowls. I’ll make some fried plantains for them if I get to the Brixton Market before Wednesday!

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