Monday, September 28, 2020

Lentil Vegetable Soup...Delicious

     This is one of my classic homemade favorite soups! You know why? It’s based on left overs with just Brussels Sprouts added! If you been reading my posts for a while you KNOW I don’t like wasting food so making soup is one of those tips to fix to much food left over in the fridge. Food is NOT cheap so not wasting much if not anything saves major 💵 money. Who does not want/like saving money?! Let me tell you what went into this!

     I had my favorite lentils, sliced raw onions, sliced cherry tomatoes all had got down to about a quarter cup left from the week of meal making. I pulled out of the freezer a bag of Brussels Sprouts that I bought from Kroger, washed them thoroughly under water and put them in a bowl of water, that covered them over at least an inch. Then added the lentils and cooked in the microwave for about 4 minutes on high. Then took it out with oven mitts, then added the onions and tomatoes with all my favorite seasonings! Now in case you are wondering why not cook tomatoes with the onions from the beginning? That’s a good question! I did not do that because the tomatoes on 4 minutes will become mushy, I don’t like a mushy tomatoes in my soup if I have control over it! The onions could have cooked but for this soup I wanted a crunch to break up the soft elements.  If you choose to cook this definitely put your spin on it... maybe mushy works for you. 

Happy Eating! Now on to the next blog post...

Later, Crystal 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Make Something Quick! Double Veggie Rice Noodles

(Be careful when cooking anything there is always a measure of risk involved.)

     I am what I call a quick simple cook 90% of the time. Those long prep and cook sessions are done temporarily, so for those who cook hungry this is for us. 

     I have as of now 2 YouTube videos on my channel C.LynnsArt of Cooking, that demonstrates using my favorite rice noodles, seasonings  and vegetables.  This picture shows thin rice noodles with seasonings and a whole bag of Italian style vegetables from KROGER found in the frozen section net wt 12oz. This is simple, filling and delicious! Let me know if you make something similar! #vegetarian #vegan #noodles #vegetables 

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Now on to the next blog post, Happy Eating!

Later, Crystal

Monday, September 14, 2020

Get your Cabbage Tasty! Here’s how...

(Remember when you choose to cook anything, there is always risk involved that is your responsibility.)

      Cabbage, cabbage, cabbage I really did not care for it. It can be mushy and tasteless. So what changed? As I got to a point in life of trying to eat healthier I kept widening my taste buds to different vegetables, and cabbage was in the picture. I had cooked it plenty of times for the family but did not enjoy it myself. So in my search for tastier vegetables I asked myself, “What do I need to do to like this?”  Especially as I was getting more plant based in my cooking, I was eating but not enjoying what I was eating. So I started cooking my vegetables like I cooked my meat...with oil and seasonings! What a difference that made, I was eating with enjoyment again! So this is how I cook cabbage...1)Peel the layers off and when the white middle starts to show cut the cabbage into half inch slices. When the core is seen cut what you want of it and discard the rest in compost or trash. Rinse the leaves thoroughly as they will be dirty, put slices in a bowl or strainer and also rinse thoroughly. Roll the leaves and slice them into inch  strips then set to the side. 2) In a stainless steel large pan, I have bought some from Walmart, I added a quarter cup of Olive oil, I have also used Canola oil as well before. I had previously chopped 1 large onion and one green bell pepper and put that in the pan, add seasonings. 3)Turn the stove on medium. When veggies begin sizzling, stir, then put cabbage in the pan, reduce the heat to low and cover with the top. In 3 minutes flip the vegetables so what was on the bottom is on top, it should have some brown caramelizing, add a half cup of water, seasoning, put the top back on and turn heat to medium low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring and flipping the vegetables until the liquid is reduced and cabbage is easy to bite.

Now you are ready to plate this great meal and eat! 

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Until the next blog post, 

Happy Eating! Crystal 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Layering and Seasonings - Vegetarian / Vegan Meals


     How many people do you know just loved vegetables as a child?  I definitely was not one! Now even though I know the health benefits I don’t think most vegetables taste good but I know they are good for me so what do I do? Eat them layered up with lots of my favorite seasonings! 

     I find it is easier to cook a bunch of vegetables, then have a bunch of raw vegetables chopped, season them separately and put them on the plate together and season then lightly again! That’s how this beautiful plate came together, and believe it or not all those vegetables are on 3 baked potatoes! Happy Eating!

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                                        Always, Crystal