June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
The photo above is from the website I got the recipe from. I ate mine with potatoes and broccoli, yummy! This was the first time I tried lentils and after trying this recipe, I feel like I missed out on a life full of lentils haha! Just because it isn’t meat, doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless!
**edited june 15, 2012.
click on the header above for the original recipe or go to http://www.food.com/recipe/really-good-vegetarian-meatloaf-really-33921. I had to tweak it a bit because I didn’t have some of the ingredients and used whatever I had on hand. Listed below is the way the way I made it and the ingredients I used.
- 2 1/2 C water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 C lentils
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 1/4 C oats, ground
- 3/4 cup grated swiss cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 5 oz ketchup
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
topping: Mix together 1/4 C ketchup. 1/4 C brown sugar.
- Place water and salt into a small pot with lid. Bring water to a boil, add lentils, then turn heat down to bring water to a simmer. Cook lentils for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are soft. Make sure you don’t run out of water to prevent the lentils and pot from burning. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Place oats in a food processor or blender and ground until you have what looks like flour. (I already had this on hand so that’s why I used it.)
- Combine ground oats, cheese, onion, red pepper, garlic, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, salt, and pepper. Set aside. **if you’d like a “softer” meatloaf, I suggest par-cooking the onion and red pepper before combing with the other ingredients.
- Mash lentils well. Drain out water from lentils if any. Stir in ketchup. Stir in egg. **Mix just unti incorporated. Remember that over mixing may lead to a dry meatloaf.
- Combine the two mixtures. **Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix, do as you would a real meatloaf.
- Grease a loaf pan. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, spread topping on top of meat loaf and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.
- Voila! Meatless meatloaf! YUM!
June 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
From a lot of trial and error, I’ve come up with a brownie recipe that I really like! If you like chewy brownies, you’ve found your recipe right here! I don’t understand cake brownies.. chocolate cake right? Anyway, here you are:
1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
1 C granulated/white sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, melt butter, then bring to room temperature.
- Mix together the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla.
- Beat in eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually stir dry mixture into the egg mixture until well blended.
- Fold in walnuts.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared/greased/nonstick pan,.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
Feeling quite refreshed, I want to start this blog off by giving all credit to the title of this blog (and quite possibly my future business), “Foreal Dough” to my lovely cousin, Joy! I really wanted something witty, clever, and simple. I loved “Whisked away” and “Dough See Dough,” but they were already taken. Go figure. So here we are: Foreal Dough.
This blog will be about a whole lot of food, dishes I make, cakes, cupcakes, things I crave, things I wish I had in my kitchen, and so much more!!! Stay tuned! 😀
And the only way to begin a food blog, is with a recipe! I don’t have any visuals of my own for what I made today because I gobbled it up too quickly to have even remembered to take a picture. Having craved a bowl of chili with a side of cornbread, for over a month, could you blame me? Now.. you do have to know that this meal wasn’t exactly homemade.
I used a McCormick Chili packet and followed the recipe on the back. I also used 2 (14.5 oz can) of stewed tomato sauce instead of the one can it called for, I boiled my own beans instead of using canned beans, and added 1 cup of diced onion and a piece of dark chocolate (I had to). To garnish, I sprinkled shredded four cheese blend, a couple dots of hot sauce, a dollop of sour cream, green onion, and little bits of jalapeno.
For the cornbread, I used the Trader Joe’s cornbread box mix. I followed the direction on the back of the box, but I also added 1/2 a cup of shredded four cheese blend, and 1/4 cup of diced jalapeno. I meant to replace some of the oil with rendered bacon fat, but I forgot. Blah. It was still delicious!
Voila! CRAVING SATISFIED!