These are some of the more interesting things I’ve been eating lately. The theme seems to be Kitchen Mishaps can Lead to Great Things!
Lentil and Red Onion Burger
I had leftover lentils that needed to be eaten. They hadn’t turned out great as lentils because I had forgot I was cooking them and so some turned out slightly burned. I figured it was still salvageable though just not on their own. I tossed some into a pan with EVOO and red onion.
When in doubt, turn it into a burger! It looks like it formed a nice patty but that’s because it is being held in by the red onion. It was actually quite messy as there was nothing to bind the lentils together but it was very tasty. A great burger option!
Oatmeal Pizza Crust
Severin and I had been looking forward to pizza and had even been discussing what we’d put on it during an evening workout. We got home and I started to work on the pizza dough when I realized we did not have enough flour. So I used what flour I had and then had an A-ha! moment when I saw the despicable quick oats that have been lingering in the cupboard. We only purchased those because they were out of Old Fashioned Oats at Target but I am not a fan because I like my oats to be big and chewy. I threw the quick oats in the blender for a few seconds to get them down to a flour and then mixed it with the rest of the dough. I still needed to bulk it up a bit so I threw some of the quick oats in there without grinding them and figured they’d add to the texture.
The pizza turned out amazing! The dough was so bready and airy. The oatmeal was so much more filling than regular dough that I wasn’t even able to eat my whole pizza! My pizza is the first one; I wish I hadn’t added Morningstar ground crumbles because I immediately picked them off. Their flavor didn’t go along well with the tomatoes and pesto. Severin did enjoy his (and mine); his pizza also had red onion and avocado. He deemed it a Mexican pizza. I had a bite and it was good but I preferred the classic flavors on mine.
Chili Lettuce Wraps
The worst thing to come home to after an exhausting, painful and hot 11 mile run is a bare fridge. Unfortunately Sunday afternoon is when we go grocery shopping so after long runs on Sunday we have to improvise. Luckily leftovers can always be found lurking in the fridge so Severin worked his magic while I rested. We had been out in the sun for 3 hours-yes on an 11 mile run, don’t ask- so I was absolutely drained; as much as I love the sun and feeling warm, I don’t do well after spending too much time out there. Severin was sweet enough to make something and somehow had the energy (even after dealing with a cranky me!) to make a lunch that was delicious and refreshing.
We were out of tortillas (the horror!) and so he made these pretty lettuce wraps. The lettuce worked perfectly here because it was so cool and refreshing! The filling is a chili from earlier in the week made of kidney beans, brown rice, onion and chili powder. Served with sour cream and Colby jack cheese.
Tofu Stirfry with Liquid Aminos
Last night while I was making the Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes, I worked on dinner also. I made a marinade of sesame oil, garlic and Trader Ming’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce, so the tofu could soak in there until I had time to deal with it after baking was done. I then made chow mein, broccoli and mushroom with green onion while white rice was cooking.
I had no idea what this would taste like. ‘Natural Soy Sauce Alternative’? I was reluctant yet excited to try it! Severin and I tasted it and found ourselves trying to figure out why it tasted like old soy sauce. Not in the sense that it’s old or expired. In the sense that it tasted like “a soy sauce we once knew”.
In a galaxy far far away. I have no idea why it tastes that way to us, like it was something we had tasted a long time ago but if you have tasted this and know what I’m talking about, let me know!