Monday, August 15, 2011

Lentil Salad with Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Castelvetrano Olives, Celery and Pine Nuts

I'm a fan of one-dish, salad-type meals that include grains or legumes.  This is a weird adaptation of an eggplant caponatina dish I had at Berreta.  I wanted the flavors, but needed to make it a meal so I thought lentils would hearty it up a bit.  There is no eggplant in it, but you could certainly throw it in there.  I like the cold cooked lentils at Trader Joe's to make this super fast.  I topped mine with burrata cheese (an option they also give you at Berreta), but you could do another cheese or none at all.

1 lb cooled cooked lentils
1/2 cup chopped castelvetrano olives
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup baby heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 Tablespoons capers
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 oz burrata cheese (optional)

Combine ingredients in large salad bowl and toss.  Add additional seasoning as desired.  Top with burrata just before serving (if using).

Serves 4

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sloppy Joes

That's right, good ol' Sloppy Joes!  This quick and easy crowd pleaser will satisfy carnivores and vegans alike.  They're extra healthy with whole wheat buns and organic Sloppy Joe seasoning (I like Simply Organic's packet.)  Serve them with slaw, and you've got a fantastic weeknight meal that comes together in a flash.  Look for Yves Veggie Ground Round in the refrigerated section.  You can also try the frozen veggie crumbles, but I am a fan of the former.  Oh, and if you have little ones like me remember they're called "sloppy" for a reason.  Have that bath ready!  ;)

1 Tbsp EVOO
1 package Yves Veggie Ground Round (eq of 1 lb meat)
1 can organic tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 packet organic sloppy joe seasoning
1 cup water
4-6 whole wheat buns

Heat oil in a large skillet over med/high heat, add onions and veggie meat, cook until onions are soft (about 5 min).  Mix seasoning with water and add it to skillet.  Add tomato paste.  Simmer 5-10 minutes until desired thickness is reached.  Serve on warmed whole wheat buns.
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