Thursday, October 29, 2009

You Asked For It

Randomly selecting recipes from cookbooks can be scary, exhilarating, fruitful, and devastating. It is one of the biggest risks a home cook makes. Hence the popularity of on-line sites with ratings, and of course, recommendations from friends.

So, here are the two recipes that you all requested:

Baked Lentils With Cheese:

Preheat oven to 375
Combine in shallow 9X13 baking dish:

1 3/4 C lentils, rinsed
2 C. water
1 whole bay leaf
2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/8 t. each marjoram, sage, thyme
2 Large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. canned tomatoes

Cover tightly and bake 30 mins.
Uncover and stir in:
2 large carrots, sliced
1/2 C thinly sliced celery

Baked covered 40 mins. until veggies are tender. Stir in:

1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
2 T. finely chopped parsley

Sprinkle on top:

3 C shredded cheddar cheese

Bake uncovered, 5 mins. until cheese melts

This dish comes from the Less is More cookbook. Many of the foods and meals in here are vegetarian. Here is the subtitle: Recipes and suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources.

Another book put out by the same publishing company is Simply in Season.

(Stay away from Apple Lentil Salad. It is as nasty as it sounds.)

But, I do have some favorites from this book. Here is one for this season:

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos

3 Cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 onion, chopped

Saute' in large frypan in 1 T oil just until tender. Add water or apple juice as needed to prevent sticking.

2 C black beans
1 t. ground cumin
3/4 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t salt

Add and cook until heated through.

8 flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Divide bean mixture and cheese among the tortillas and roll up.
Place in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Lightly spray with olive oil if desired. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 20-25 mins. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and fresh cilantro.

OK, my last request recipe was Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Bake:

I got it off of

4-5 C of cooked, diced chicken
1 C mayo
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 t. curry powder
2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts
Garlic powder to taste
1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheese
1/4 C seasoned croutons
2-4 T butter
9 X 12 inch greased casserole dish

Drain and slice artichoke hearts. Preheat over to 350. Season artichoke hearts with garlic. Arrange in 9 X 12 greased dish. Put chicken on top-mix in separate bowl-soup, mayo, lemon juice, and curry-spread over chicken. Sprinkle with shredded sharp cheese and top with croutons. Bake 30 mins. or until hot.

Serves 8 or 9.


Diana (Ladybug Limited) said...

Hey, I just picked up Simply in Season from the library! Such a timely post as I would love to be able to cook both locally and frugally...

Carrie said...

We have used the More with Less cookbook since I was a kid! Weird they renamed it to Less is More! My mom actually gave me our family copy - I love all the notes in it and how the pages fall open to favorites. =) I won an award with the Dutch Apple Bread from there. And the corn bread is good and Cheese Strata is STILL our Christmas morning tradition! =)

The black bean sweet potato concoction sounds YUMMY!! I love black beans and cumin!

I haven't done much with lentils. Need to try it.

Jen Rouse said...

I'm not sure I've ever cooked with lentils. But I'd like to find more tasty, healthy, cheap recipes. Vegetarian meals usually fit that bill perfectly. So I'm trying to incorporate more of them.

Anonymous said...

Baked Lentils and Cheese is one of our staples, too! My go-to dish when the cupboards are nearly bare...

Tracy DeLuca said...

I tried a brown rice and lentil casserole and it was just nasty. I am going to try this lentils and cheese dish to see if it is any better for us! And I think the black bean and sweet potato burritos look fabulous.

Following from MBC.

Jen Rouse said...

I just finally tried that lentils and cheese casserole and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper. Beth and Lucy did not like it, but Eric and I and Evie all did.