Saturday, January 22, 2011

Banana-Flaxseed Snack

Melissa's Version of Banana-Flaxseed Treats

2 large bananas
1/4-1/3 cup whole flaxseeds

Mash the bananas well. Add the flaxseeds. Spread on a plastic sheet (my food dehydrator has a special plastic tray just for dehydrating mashed fruits and such). You could also use wax paper if you don't have a plastic tray to fit your dehydrator. Spread it less than 1/4 inch thick (maybe 1/8 inch or so). Dry until it is crispy. Break it up into pieces and store in an airtight container. Makes a great snack and is sweet and nutritious.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


adapted From Vego Paradiso by Pia Hall

1½ cup red lentils (3 dl)
1 onion
1 clove of garlic or garlicpowder
1 tablespoon oil
3 carrots
1 paprika or 3 tablespoons of Ajvar relish
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 cube of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chili sauce (optional)
Salt, pepper
1 tablespoon basil

Cook the lentils for 10 minutes or so they are supposed to fall apart, drain them, chop the onions and garlic sizzle them for a bit in the oil. Chop the carrots, add them and leave it for a while.
Add the parika or Ajvar relish. Add the lentils, tomatoes and cub of broth and the chili sauce if you want it. Let simmer for a few minutes. Season it with salt, pepper and basil plus whatever seasoning you prefer.
Serve with pasta, I usually add some green olives when I eat it. I usually make a bunch and freeze most of it. Works fine.

Summer Pasta Salad

Adapted from Cooking With Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass

1/2 pound dried bow-tie pasta
1 cup broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, chopped
12 oil-packed sun dried tomato halves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted peas
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
6 fresh basil leaves

Cook pasta. In last 5 minutes of cooking add the broccoli. Drain and rinse with cold water and put into a bowl.
In a small saute pan add the olive oil and the garlic and over low heat cook until the garlic is golden. Remove garlic. Pour oil over the pasta and then add the remaining ingredients. Toss and serve.