Monday, September 26, 2011

Meatless Monday: Soup or Salad

Two of my favorites!

Spicy Corn and Lentil Chowder

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add 7 oz of lentils; reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

In same saucepan, add 2 TBS of olive oil and saute 3 cloves of minced garlic; 1 small onion chopped; 1 pinch of red pepper flakes; 1 tsp of ground cardamom; and 1 tsp of ground cumin, just until onion is soft, about 3 minutes.

Add lentils back to the pot, plus 2 cups of vege stock, 1-1/2 cups of coconut milk; and 1 can of creamed corn. Bring to the boil then simmer 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of chopped coriander and serve with vegetable spring rolls.

Yellow Rice and Black Bean Salad

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes. Add 12 oz of vege broth, 1 cup uncooked brown rice, and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes. Pour in 1/2 cup of water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff rice with fork and place in bowl. Add 1 can of black beans, 2 diced bell peppers, and one medium chopped onion. In a small bowl combine 2 TBS of lime juice, 1 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 TBS of olive oil and 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro. Whisk together and drizzle over rice mixture.

Great served cold or at room temperature with diced avocado.

This morning my balcony was a frenzy of feasting. Doves and sparrows all enjoying a bit of breakfast before the heat of the day set in.

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. (Izaak Walton, English biographer & fishing author (1593 - 1683)





I hope your week is off to a great start. Peace & blessings, Tammy

22 comments:

Gwendolyn said...

Hey cuz'
Your second recipe looks yummy to me! I love black beans and avodados.
hugs~

Becky~ said...

I love lentils!I usually make them with garlic olive oil and onions and celery.I dont know to much about the spice cardemom.I do know cumin if you get alot of that things are way to spicy.Id love to try this though cause as I said I just love lentils.

Oh the birds are enjoying,I dont think they are hurrying for fall over there though lol.

Enjoy the new week Tammy!

Sharon said...

MMMmmmm! I love lentil soup! It does look really good.

The birds seem to be loving the quiet time of the morning.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Loving the sound of your soup, might just have to try that recipe. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Grateful4Crochet said...

I cook with lentils regularly, but have never heard of or tried that recipe, will definitely try that out!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

/oh sooo yummy - i can't wait to get back in the kitchen and do your rice & bean salad!

shane x

Serena said...

Yummy food! It sounds like your balcony 'restaurant' is a favourite among the bird population there. Love the pics! :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Eventhough I just finished supper, your recipes made me ready to have some again!! These sound so good. Thank you for sharing. The birds always love to visit your patio. :)
blessings ~ tanna

Rizzi said...

SOUNDS YUMMY TAMMY.........YOUR VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS LOOK VERY DELICIOUS............I HAD CHINESE FOOD FOR DINNER.....JUST LOVE IT.......
WELL, I HOPE YOU GET COOLER WEATHER SOON, HAVE A GREAT WEEK. RIZZI

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...The recipes sound great. Simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful day today! Susan

Diane said...

Thanks for the recipes Tammy. They both look yummy. The birds must make your day so sweet. Diane

Anonymous said...

I love that soup. I have not made it in a while due to the fact that I cannot find creamed corn here. I will have to keep looking, as I love that soup!! The salad sounds really nice too. I will have to copy that recipe.
Glad that your birds added a bit of joy to your day. Birds have a way of doing that by just showing up every morning. Have a great day, dear!!

Love,
Renee

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I can't sleep. I think hubby has my pillow, but I don't want to wake him because it's 2 in the morning and he's got to work tomorrow.
So, I'm up visiting you...and now you've gone and made me hungry!
I'd come a'knockin if you were next door!

Now, to the fridge for some 'behind the scenes' late night snacking.

Ciao Bella
CREATIVE CARMELINA

Teresa said...

Oh wow, that soup sounds just fantastic, I will have to give it a try! I'm not sure if we have creamed corn here but I'll look for it. It's getting back to "soup weather" and "soup time" now that I'm back to work...
Stay cool :)
xxx
Teresa

A Cottage Muse said...

Mmmm...more good stuff from your kitchen!
Have a nice day!!

no spring chicken said...

Yea, recipes! And birds! Two of my favorite things... I'm actually excited about the recipe for the corn and lentil chowder, a combination I've not tried before. The fact that spicy is the first word is the clencher!

Blessings, Debbie

A Vintage Chic said...

Your soup looks delicious, Tammy--I always enjoy your recipes...We have a lot of doves around our house, too...I always love to hear them cooing to each other...so peaceful. And what a beautiful quote you shared--I'll have to remember that one...

Wishing you the loveliest day, sweet friend...

Julie

Celestial Charms said...

Hi Tammy,
One word...yum!
As for the birds, I adore doves. We have a pair that always visits our backyard. I'm always commenting on what cute little personalities I think they have. :)
Maureen

Elaine said...

Hello Tammy..Will try the salad but without the calintro..you know I don't care for it. I need to put the bird feeder back by the window so I can enjoy the little birds again...but then I have the outside stray cat that is always watching them too. have a good week.
Hugs

Pam said...

Soup and Salad sound great. Your recipes always look so yummy. Glad the your little friends are enjoying their morning. Have a wonderful day and week.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

It all sounds so wonderful . You should write a cookbook! Blessings,Kathleen

Sugar Lump Studios said...

this looks and sounds delicious! thanks for sharing it with us all! Thanks for touching base with me about where you are located...son was there many times to "catch" a plane back home while stationed in Iraq. I give you a lot of credit living in the heat over there! :)

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