Belly-Warming Delicious

Hi all~ like I said before, this morning I had more extra time because of not working out so I had time to make dinner and pop it in the fridge for later! yay!

Red lentils have to be the cheapest protein source out there. I got a 1/2 lb bag for only $1.50. Beat that. So, with my cheap red lentils I made dal again! By now I’ve become sort of obsessed to Garam Masala and use it anytime I can. I made Lindsay’s dal again but I didn’t have onions, tomato paste, ginger or veggie stock….it still turned out fine! I just subbed water for stock and sauted the garlic in about a tsp of coconut oil. I also made some brown rice and popped that in the fridge as well for a belly-warming healthy meal tonight!


Of course any meal isn’t complete without something green on the plate (haha mom)–so I made a big spinach salad with carrots, bell pepper, cucumber and grape tomatoes to go alongside it with goddess dressing. I was going to saute spinach instead, but I really do enjoy raw veggies at their finest! Now if only I could get Ryan to eat a salad like this with every dinner we would be all good ;).


I was very excited and honored to be asked to be one of Lindsay’s recipe testers for her every popular future cookbook that will hitting the shelves someday soon! So, in the upcoming weeks I will be testing and working with her on some recipes that you all will def. be able to enjoy later once the book is in print. Of course I can’t reveal the actual recipes to Lindsay’s dishes, but you will of course be able to enjoy many pictures and critiques!

Off to school now to bake some apple pies~ I think I shall bring a Key Lime Larabar with me tonight for a snack…a new flavor I’ve never tried!

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  • Danielle
    April 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I absolutely adore Indian food… I really should try to make that soon. What exactly is Garam Masala? Sorry I’m so naive :). And omg, recipe testing? You are probably one of the luckiest people I know, enjoy!

  • happy herbivore
    April 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I bought a bag of dal at this little Indian shop near by — anyway the bag was the size of my pillow and it was $4! FOUR DOLLARS! Ugh.. you said it! cheapest protein source ever.

    I need to find new ways to play with red lentils. I’m glad to hear the red lentil dal comes out even when its missing a few ingredients… I think I’ll make some tonight because yours looks so amazing and its been a while. YUM.

    P.s. your salad looks so refreshing & thanks for giving the cookbook a shoutout! I am so honored to have you on the tester squad!!!

  • happy herbivore
    April 10, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    p.s. I’m so nasty obsessed with garam masala that i put it on my zucchini for lunch today. It…umm… wasnt the best compliment but I figure I’ll just keep sticking it on everything and eventually there will be a new match. Glad to hear I’m not the only one! p.s. keep it in the fridge for lasting freshness

  • ibex hk
    April 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    ditto..can’t wait 🙂 lentils look fabulous, total my favorite thing to whip up, adding spice adds so much to the flavor! These look awesome, I may have to copy you and Lindsay, too tonight…mmmm, I’m already loving the looks of these on my plate 🙂 happy apple baking!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I love making meals ahead of time!! Then when you’re hungry, you can just skip the prep stage and EAT!! :0D

    Lindsay’s recipes NEVER disappoint – that dal looks fabulous!!

    Oh man, I cannot WAIT to see those apple pies!!! I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait until morning, to see them, haha!

  • Kath
    April 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Our dried bean bags are $.79 for a pound – niiiice!

    What is Garam Masala like? I’ve almost bought it a few times but always hesitate because it’s not FREE. Is it curryish? Cuminish? If you like it that much I need to get some too!


  • Romina
    April 10, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Whoever said being a vegan was expensive is crazy! Protein sources are so cheap, and red lentils are awesome cause they take so little time to cook!

  • BethT
    April 10, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I just noticed that you have the Tartine cookbook in your Amazon store, Jenna!! I live in SF and would actually enjoy living IN Tartine, haha. It is a pastry/bread lover’s dream!

  • babycakes
    April 10, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I’m with you Jenna – my day just isn’t complete without lots of raw veggies – they are so colorful, refreshing and delicious! I tried the key lime pie larabar flavor once before and like most of the flavors, it did not disappoint! I don’t buy this flavor on a regular basis since it has more saturated fat from the coconut. But it is definitely yummy. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new flavors. The website keeps advertising their upcoming launch (I check the website everyday because I’m so curious!) I know one of them will be peanut cookie, but I’m not sure about the other new flavors. Anyway, I am so glad Lindsay asked you to be one of her taste testers. How exciting! This cookbook is going to be fantastic! Have a great night 🙂

  • Alex VA
    April 11, 2008 at 12:00 am


    Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garam_masala. They have a good description.

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    April 11, 2008 at 2:17 am

    my hubby loves lentils and i tend to not cook them often enough for some reason.

  • Betsy
    April 11, 2008 at 2:46 am

    i bought red lentils this past sunday just to make this!!!! can’t wait!

  • bikergurl
    April 11, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Yummy! I can’t wait to try this! I also can’t wait to see what amazing recipes you’ll be testing.

  • Jill
    April 11, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Glad to know the lentil dish is THAT good! Will you send me some apple pies? I’m sure you don’t need all of them… right?

  • Liza
    April 11, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Could someone post the olive oil cake recipe? Thanks!

  • Lisa
    April 11, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Umm I made this dish for lunch at the office today, nice break from my usual turkey sandwhiches! Im just waiting for someone to complain about the curry smell when I heat it up! Too bad!

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 12, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I could give red lentils a new try with this recipe. I like them but I tend to overcook them and distroy them! But this looks so amazing…