Sunday, October 20, 2013

Warm French Lentils and Sunday Ramblings

I don't usually cook on Sundays. I cook every other day of the week so nearly every Sunday after attending church at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, we stop at Dairy Queen and all four of us split a 6-piece chicken strip basket. Since that is usually the only time we eat out during the week and the four of us split one meal, I don't feel guilty about it. Sunday evenings we always have air-popped popcorn and fresh veggies and fruits for snacking. Growing up, Sunday lunch was the biggest meal of the week for us and was always made from scratch and included all food groups. Those memories are special, but it is fun creating traditions for our own family.

Today, however, was different. I was home with Eli because he was coughing and sneezing a lot. I made lunch for us here and used THIS RECIPE. The Warm French Lentils were fabulous, but the Tablespoon of salt has to be a misprint! I used just a pinch of salt. Aside from the salt, I followed the recipe exactly. One problem I ran into was wanting to eat all of the leeks and carrots before the lentils were cooked lol. I was a little leery after I mixed the dressing and dipped a pinky in to taste... seemed like an odd combination. But after the dish was assembled, it was a winner, hands down! I wanted to eat the whole dish by myself, but felt obligated to share. :) It is on the "Make Again Soon" list here.

Because I was home and we needed bread for the week I made a batch of whole wheat dinner rolls, two loaves of whole wheat English muffin bread, and a batch of our favorite sugar cookies for "dessert" for the week. I also froze some of the sugar cookies for our Sadie Rose Foundation Support Meeting this Friday. 

Again, here is the link to the Warm French Lentils. I hope you and yours love them as much as we did!

Warm French Lentils
 The children also enjoyed making "apple teeth" with apples, peanut butter, raisins, and marshmallows.

 This evening we enjoyed our popcorn supper and hot cocoa around the fire pit in our back yard.
Our dog, Sampson, loves when the children "share."

What "Sunday traditions did you have growing up? Have you established meal traditions for your own family?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chickpea Nuggets your family will love!

I made these chickpea nuggets in place of chicken nuggets for supper this evening and the consistency, texture and taste were awesome. If I hadn't told the kids they were not chicken nuggets, they would have never made the distinction. But so simple, healthy and more than tasty enough for all the picky palates in the family.

Chickpea Nuggets

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or dried chickpeas cooked until tender)
1 small onion, chopped
salt and pepper
Seasoning of choice (I used Wildtree's Rockin Moroccan Rub)
1/2 cup flour
1 large egg

Method: Pulse chickpeas and onion in food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until mostly smooth. Heat 1/4 inch oil of your choice in skillet and heat medium high. Using a table spoon, dollop into nugget-size pieces in the skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve with your favorite "nugget" sauces. (I used Greek yogurt with Wildtree's Java Rub mixed in for my dipping. The husband and children used ketchup and BBQ.) YUM!