Each month, we discuss a different "icky" food in the kid-friendly forum. January's topic was beans/legumes. These are the recipes that were brought forward by our members as ones that went over well with the family/kids.
A typical Trinidadian side dish that is quick and easy to prepare for those busy week nights. You can't mess this up it's so easy. The measurements given are just guidelines, adjust to your preference.
High in fiber and protein, low in fat, easy and really yummy! I've always thought meatloaf looks and smells so delicious and savory so, as a vegetarian, I decided to make a no-meat version! This is basically our favorite meatloaf recipe but with cooked mashed lentils instead of ground meat. The result is a very tasty dinner!
This is something I came up with when I wanted to use some dried beans but didn't want to have the same old baked beans. I added the barley to get more healthy grains into my family, knowing the color of the black beans would mask it. There are only 4 of us so we ended up having over half of this left after dinner. The leftovers worked great for burrito filling and a vegetarian topping for nachos.
This is another recipe I found in my "Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intellegence" (a send in freebie from Kashi) My family likes veggies burgers so we thought we'd give these a spin. They turned out great. For those of you who like spicy foods, feel free to jazz them up. The original recipe said to chill mixture for an hour to help firm it and then shape into patties and dredge in flour before frying. But I still found that too messy so I changed it to the directions you see below. Also original recipe called for kidney beans, but I always have pintos on hand so that is what I used. I'm sure you can use any bean you like and have it turn out fine.
I took this recipe from a cook book I have that is called "Brain Foods For Kids: Over 100 Recipes To Boost Your Child's Intelligence." I got it as a send-in freebie from Kashi. I made a few tweaks to adjust to what I had on hand and added star pasta to try to bribe my picky daughter to try it. She loved it and asked for seconds!
Veggie broth could be substituted for the chicken stock to make this vegan. Alphabet pasta would be something fun to try for the kids as well. The lentils are packed with protein so the 4 large servings are a meal alone. You could add grilled cheese to this and serve twice as many.
My family has recently been trying to incorporate a lot more vegetables into our meals, so I came up with this. I did not include the time for soaking the lentils. The veggies are all what I happened to have on hand.
We frequently make this for Thanksgiving or Christmas for the vegetarians in the family. It's very nutritious and yummy and it goes great with the rest of the traditional holiday meal. You can make it ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven to heat up before the meal. Always serve it with the cashew gravy recipe I'm about to post separately. I'm not sure of where this recipe originated, but I got it from my sister years ago. I apologize for the some of the amount guestimates on the broth and spices as it's been a while since I've made it and we never had a real recipe, it's just scribbled on a piece of paper.
These are so easy to make and are so good for you! Lentil sprouts contain Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, B15, B17, C, K, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA
Minerals: boron, calcium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur, zinc
The amounts are loosely given. I love them over salads, but are good snacks on their own. Cook time is sprouting time.
I love lentils for their versatility. Found this recipe in an old Cooking Light magazine and was taken by this unconventional treatment. Though I have not tried this one, I'm making it public now for all my Zaar buddies. Will update after trying it out.
A nice warming meal for the cold months ahead! I don't see why you couldn't substitute canned black beans for the dried ones and just simmer with the spices for 30 minutes to make for a quicker meal. You can adjust the spiciness by leaving out the jalapeno pepper, but seeded and deveined, the pepper is actually not very spicy at all. Preparation time includes only the baking time and the time to cook the beans and sauce.
This hummous is especially good for children although adults seem to love it too! I put hummous on almost everything and this one is especially yummy. Sometimes I add even more apple sauce if I want it sweet.
This is a great meal that we eat here often in the winter time. With some dark bread and maybe a salad it is a really hearty meal, though we have been known to eat just this for dinner. The recipe is adapted from Amy Dacyczyn's "The Complete Tightwad Gazette"
This is easy, delicious, colorful, delicious, uses currently-in-season fresh corn and tomatoes, and, oh yes, is really good. I made a double batch of this yesterday for two of us, and we just polished off the rest of it this evening. BTW, Ordinary tomato is fine instead of plum tomato (and we happen to use more of it); I highly recommend flat-leaf parsley, if you can find it, because the curly stuff is not nearly as flavorful; You can use radicchio or any other kind of lettuce (if you choose to use any at all); The salad tastes even better the second day!; Flavor is better when served closer to room temp as opposed to ice cold.
Had this at a potluck picnic and it was wonderful. I sought out the woman who made it and got the recipe. The secret is to drain it before serving so it isn't swimming in dressing. Serve with tortilla chips. I use cider vinegar but feel free to use white, red, raspberry or any other flavor of your choice. Can sizes are given for the current commonly available sizes in the US. Adjust ingredients for your taste. Times do not include marinate or draining time.