Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Legume Family Has a New Blog



Miss Lentil loves to stick her tongue out when Mama Chickpea takes pictures.
She also loves to give Mama Chickpea imaginary baths, and have tea parties, and warm up things in her toy microwave, complete with her own little "beep beep beep." She's in the stride of imitation and language learning and it is SO MUCH FUN. One of the most fun things is her loving to dress up in Mama's shoes and clothes and jewelry. She gets really really upset when Mama tells her that she can't wear earrings. There may need to be pierced ears soon.

Anyway, Little Miss Lentil and family have moved to a new blog once again!

Find us at
legumesathome@blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Soso In the Sun





Adventures in the Experimental Kitchen

In today's episode of The Experimental Kitchen, I have two bits of magic for you.

The first is the secret to quick and easy and PERFECT home fries (and reduced fat, to boot, if you want), and the secret is this: steam them in the microwave first. It's that easy! Wash 'em, chop 'em, throw them in a microwave safe bowl with a teeny pat of your favorite smear (Brummel and Brown, for me), cover it nice and tightly with Saran wrap and microwave on high for six minutes. After that, they're all yours to make home fries out of. (Note: I thought of this because I made home fries for Papa Peanuthead's steak dinner, not for me.)

This is the next bit of magic.

You're probably asking, what on earth is that?
You might guess potato salad. It looks like potato salad. It tastes like potato salad. But it's about ten million times better, because it's made of healthy things. Just hear me out. You know that cauliflower craze where people make it into mashed potatoes and rice? I hate cooked cauliflower, so I hate these things. But I'm trying to eat healthier, and potatoes (while delicious) are SO starchy. And mayo... it's so...mayo-y. So I made a superfood (well, what I consider superfood) "potato" salad out of cauliflower, and guess what? It tastes just like potato salad, basically the same texture as well. I love it and am never going back! Here's what it's made of.

--half a head of cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces and boiled/steamed just until soft
--1 avocado, mashed
--2 Tbsp mustard (I love a grainy mustard, or a brown deli mustard...for zing)
--1/2 C cooked edamame (you could use peas, or not use anything)
--1/3 C Kosher dill pickles, chopped (you can increase or decrease based on personal taste)
--3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (obviously, optional...) 
--2 cloves of garlic, minced
--2 Tbsp pickle "juice" 
--salt and pepper to taste

Mix and refrigerate until you're ready to eat! It's got crunch, it's got mush, it's creamy, it's dill-y. It doesn't taste like cooked cauliflower!
I love it. Make it yours--onions, paprika, some ranch seasoning--however you like your potato salad, go for it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Magical Protein Cookies



Okay, I will be the first to admit to you that they're not right texture for a chocolate chip cookie, but the great thing about this cookie is that it's such a flexible recipe. I'll give you a list of ingredients that I used, and some other options. What's unique about this is that there's no wheat flour, no eggs, no butter. Mine are even sugarless. But they taste great, and have a really delicate texture, almost like a soft oatmeal bar. And they are filling--they are! I had three  (maybe four of them?) for breakfast, and was full for four hours. Four hours guys!  The most telling thing is, Little Lentil (who always refuses breads/cookies/cakes/almost all starches) loves them.

Ingredients and Alternatives
--3/4 C oats, finely ground (I used a food processor to do this)
--1/2 C almond "flour" (you can buy it or you can use your food processor; you could use more oat "flour", coconut flour, chickpea flour or ground chickpeas; anything that you typically substitute for flour, or even flour if you wanted, but the almond flour or chickpea flour/ground chickpea adds another level of protein)
--1/4 C powdered peanuts (optional but a great protein boost, you might also increase this amount for a more peanutty flavor or trade for protein powder[if you do protein powder you might not want to add much sweetener]; also, powdered peanut butter)
--1/2 tsp baking powder
--3/4 tsp baking soda
--1 1/2 Tbsp stevia powder (or up to 1/4 C of a sweetener of your choice; these would be fantastic with brown sugar, I used stevia because it's a 0 calorie sweetener)
--1/4 C plain Greek or regular yogurt (the Greek yogurt adds a protein boost but regular works; this is in place of butter, so if you want to use butter I would go for 1/4 C)
--3 Tbsp skim milk (or any milk; this is what makes them so pillowy)
--1/2 tsp vanilla extract
--1/4 C mini chocolate chips (of course, you could use raisins or nuts, add cinnamon or cocoa or peanut butter or make jelly thumbprints or whatever you wish! make them yours!)

Since I had to use the food processor to grind my oats (old-fashioned, by the way), I just put the rest of the ingredients in and mixed, saving the chocolate chips for last. If you're not using the food processor, a good rule of thumb is to mix all of the dry ingredients together first, and then add the wet. Since there are no eggs, you can go ahead and taste-test to see how you feel about sweetness. Then, if you have time, you can refrigerate the dough for twenty minutes (or more). If not, that's okay too. I rolled mine into 1 1/2 inch balls and put them on a baking mat or parchment paper on the cookie sheet, but you can decide what size you want yours. Wet a fork and squish them down a bit, like you would with a peanut butter cookie. Then bake at 330 degrees Farenheit until bottoms are slightly browned, about ten minutes. I came up with a dozen cookies.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Little Lentil's Progress Report

Well, it's been a while. Life is...somehow, very busy. Anyway, I'm sure some of you are dying for pictures and an update, so here it is! She is taller, heavier. Has longer hair. But of course she has grown so much more than what we can see. She has started recognizing people by name. She tells me she has gone potty when she has a dirty diaper. (Granted it's not potty-trained, but it's a start.) She has entered the imitation stage--she picks up words and actions instantly (so watch your mouth). But she isn't just picking up words at random, she is understanding them, using them properly--and stringing them into short phrases on her own. For example: "no sleep", "blocks heavy", and "daddy home" (when she wants daddy to come home from work :D). I don't think I could have ever imagined how wonderful it is, watching a person grow and learn.

She LOVES Mickey Mouse. Just absolutely loves him. She asks for him (tv) all the time. So we let her watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. At the end of every episode they do the "Hot Dog Dance", and this she loves. When Mickey isn't on, she walks around going "hot dog hot dog hot dog" and sort of dancing. When they do the dance, she goes nuts. She dances and sings along and it's so sweet. She sings along (well, tries to) to a lot of songs now. She still loves music and dancing.

And reading! She loves her books, asking for them by title.

My favorite of the developments, however, is her imagination. For Christmas, a special great aunt gave her a Little Tikes kitchen and tons of dishes and food to go with. She loves to pretend cook together, or by herself when mommy is in the real kitchen. She cooks for me and tries to feed me. She even says "hot!" when she has been pretend cooking, and blows on the toy food. So here's one happy momma.

She is just a happy-go-lucky little girl. She is irresistible! She was miserably sick for a week last week, and yet the entire time she was just happy and playful. So thank goodness for that.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

She's getting to be such a big girl now. She eats with a spoon very well on her own, although of course there will always be mess. She's learning new words and she understands SO much. There was more I wanted to say, but I forgot. More to come!

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The holiday spirit!

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