Starting Things Off Right

Last night started off great…

Bulgarian Lentil and Vegetable Stew
Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup French lentils (I would use 1 cup next time)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, cut in 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine or sherry (I used sherry)
  • Ground black pepper

Method

In a small pot bring lentils, bay leaf, garlic and water to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 25 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf and drain the lentils. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a soup pot, warm the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the onions, carrots, and salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the cabbage and bell peppers. Cover, and cook on medium low for 10 minutes.

Add mushrooms, paprika, rosemary and cayenne pepper, and stir to prevent spices from sticking. Add tomatoes and wine/sherry, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 15 – 20 minutes. Stir in the lentils and add black pepper and salt to taste.

Served topped with crumbled feta or yogurt.

I served it with a honkin’ salad and a piece of fresh baked sourdough. Yum!

Then, the night got even better!

That’s me with Bi-Rite ice cream – salted caramel and vegan chocolate coconut. Amazing!

This morning ain’t so bad either….

Look at that face – isn’t he adorable?

In other news, I signed up to be a volunteer for the SFSPCA, working with the cats. I will train after I get back from my trip to the Northeast in March. I can’t wait! The presenter at the info session said they currently don’t have enough volunteers to adopt out all the cats, as potential adopters need a volunteer to visit with the cats and make a match. I’m excited to find loving homes for cats and find people their perfect feline match!

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