Lentils For Life

It’s Friday! Have anything fun planned?

The boyfriend is out of town all weekend and I’m catching up on work since I’m going to be traveling for the next few weekends. Finally got some book edits back that I need to get jumpstarted on—I need to put back on my writer’s cap. Remember when I dyed my hair brown and wrote a whole book in three months? I do. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

After I handed in my initial manuscript on April 1st, I HAD to take a break from writing for awhile. I felt too close to it and frankly, it was turning me into a crazy person. It felt great to take a break, but now I think I’m ready to jump back in and start the crazy process of the second draft.

There’s a good chance I’ll turn back into a crazy person. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. At least this time I have an actual chair to sit in while I write, rather than a permanent spot on the floor in my old house. As much as I love the idea of writing the next great American novel on the floor, my bottom is thankful for a cushion.

Anyways, breakfast this morning was a bowl of cold cereal:

Last night was so weird. I woke up at 2 am to Dexter having a spastic freakout and racing around the bedroom as if he were on crack. At 4 am I woke up to the sound of my curtains crashing down from the wall, and then at 6:15 I woke up to the garbage truck slamming into the dumpster right outside my window. And then I stayed awake. And ate cereal. And then went to the gym for some HIIT (high intensity interval training).

Oh, and guess what?! I won the USA Dry Peas & Lentils Recipe Rivalry contest! I never win anything! Thank y’all so much for voting for me!! The best part? I win a LIFETIME SUPPLY OF DRY PEAS AND LENTILS.

You heard me.

Jealous? Well, come over and I’ll make lentil loaves for all!


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  • Marie
    June 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Ah congrats!!! I have yet to make that lentil loaf, thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Angela (ohsheglows)
    June 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Congrats on taking home the gold! LOL!!! A lifetime supply? As a vegan, I am very jealous of the copious amounts of lentils you will incur. Maybe you can send some my way. Oh and I have to make the lentil loaf too.

    Goodluck with your second draft!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Congrats to you! 🙂

  • Katie
    June 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

    So just curious, how exactly do you receive this lifetime of lentils? I ask because initially I envisioned a huge closet overflowing with bags of lentils, lentils under cushions, lentils in cabinets, lentils everywhere, peaking out of every door in your apartment like tentacles. Ok, weird image, but you see where I’m going with this? Is it like some monstrous delivery that you have to stash away and gradually dent over your many years, or do you get like a dainty coupon to go cash in on lentil “money”?

    ha 🙂 Either way, holla and congrats for the Pea and Lentil glory.

    • jenna
      June 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

      I have no earthly idea!!! I was just told to “expect my winnings in the mail”…..hahaha! 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    June 25, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Congrats on the contest – I’m going to make your recipe this weekend and use up some of my lentil supply in the pantry. Honestly, I think I’d be more excited about winning the Le Crueset set than the lifetime supply of beans, but as a vegetarian you can never have enough beans. Great job!

  • Kaz
    June 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hah, that rocks! I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for your lentils and peas. 😀

    Good luck editing! You’ve developed critical distance, so it should be much easier now.

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You)
    June 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Congrats! And good luck with your book. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Congrats on winning! 🙂 Interesting night you had. My cat sometimes likes to race around the room like he’s on crack too. I have no idea why they do that. It comes at the most random times, like at 2AM when you’re sleeping! Part of the joy of owning a cat, I guess?

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    June 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Wow congrats on winning! i still haven’t attempted the recipe but plan to for sure.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    June 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Wahoo on the win! I voted for ya!

    I turn into a crazy person when school starts up again, but I love learning, so it is all worth it! If you ask my hubs, he might tell you a different story though!

  • S
    June 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    One lifetime of lentil smoothies, coming up!

  • Jennu
    June 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    A lifetime supply!?!? Wow! I wonder what that looks like!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    June 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

    congrats on the win!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    June 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Congrats on the win! I’ve bookmarked the recipe and plans on doing it as soon as I’m all moved out 🙂

  • *Andrea*
    June 25, 2010 at 9:50 am

    congrats on winning!!!!!! i see some great future recipes involving lentils and peas on this blog 😉

  • Sarah R
    June 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Oh my goodness. Lentils for a lifetime… that’s crazy! Hopefully you don’t get sick of them 😉

  • jenna
    June 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    contgrats Jenna! I can’t wait to make your lentil loaf.

    I hope things go well with your second draft for you book!

  • JW
    June 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hello Jenna! I was wondering if you could recommend any good yoga videos? Or any good yoga instructors whose videos I should check out? Thank you!

  • Courtney @ 3 Months
    June 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Sweet prize! Now THAT’S the gift that keeps on giving! 🙂

  • Katherine
    June 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

    A lifetime supply of lentils? Congrats! I know what you mean about cats. My cat likes to bang her “pawbreaker” cat nip ball against the wall in the middle of the night. I love her but sometimes I just want her to chill out, especially when its 2 am.

  • MMiller
    June 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Wow, congrats on the win! I voted for you and they are supposed to be sending me a free sample of lentils! My husband will be happy….can you believe I am not a lentil person?! Your recipes do have me intrigued though! I am definitely going to be making one of them! Hope you don’t have too much to edit with your book! And after stepping away for a while, you should be fresh and I don’t think it will be difficult! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Allie
    June 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

    oh wow, congrats on your prize! i did vote for you because that lentil loaf was pretty impressive. i am so intrigued by this lifetime supply of lentils. you are pretty young-this is going to be a lot of dried peas and lentils. are you scared?

  • Freya @ Brit Chick R
    June 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

    A lifetime supply!!?? Oh mygosh, that’s awesome!
    Ha maybe Dexter’s freakout was cos he had a premonition the curtains were soon to fall…cats are special like that :p

  • susanj72
    June 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I made your lentil meatloaf and this was my first time cooking with lentils. I tasted it almost right out of the oven & it was ok. The next day I at it for lunch & OMG it was sooo YUMMY! I will now try other recipes with lentils & make this one again and again. I have been eating on it all week long & loving it. I come home craving it. It is also very good cold between sandwich thins. Thanks for the recipe & CONGRATS!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Congrats on your win! I recently discovered how amazing lentils are, and if I need any recipes, now I know where to come! 🙂

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    June 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Congrats on your win! Just thinking about those lentils has me suddenly craving Daal. Happy weekend!

  • Nadeanne
    June 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Congrats on the win! I made your lentil loaf for my vegan boyfriend (and myself of course) and he loved it so much he keeps asking me to make it again!

  • Amanda
    June 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Now who decides how many lentils a lifetime supply of lentils are? (sorry, I can’t figure out how to make this comment gramatically correct 🙂 )

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Congrats! Good luck with the book edits.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    June 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Congrats on the win and all the peas & lentils! That is amazing. Can’t wait to see what all you make with it. I’m going to have to try that lentil loaf 😉

  • Michelle (Life, With Relish)
    June 25, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Congrats on the contest and good luck with the editing!

  • Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks
    June 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Congrats and good luck with the draft numero dos!!

  • Kate
    June 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Winning a lifetime of peas and lentils? Gross

    Congrats to you !

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Good luck with the second draft. When I have big project I go gung ho with them and get them done quicker than if I did them over time.

  • Mary
    June 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’ve never cooked with lentils before, and I thought about potentially trying the lentil loaf when you first posted it… Now that the recipe won a contest, I guess I have to try it!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations!! That is such a cool prize!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Ahhh congrats!! How fun!! Lentils fooo-evaa! =)

  • Claire
    June 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I am not surprised you won lady! That recipe was delicious and I am having the leftovers for dinner tonight!

  • tracy
    June 25, 2010 at 11:48 am

    congrats! Made the lentil loaf last weekend, and really enjoyed. I’ve been eating the leftovers all week as a sandwich with a little sriracha sauce. yummy

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hahaha a lifetime supply of lentisl? You lucky girl you. Congrats though! I’m happy you won!

  • Sara
    June 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Lentils for life? In an effort to eat a better and more varied diet, I’m trying to train myself to like lentils…I’m hoping you’ll be posting lots and lots of lentil recipes!

  • Rebecca
    June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Congrats! I still need to try your recipe! Good luck on your second draft!

  • Heather @ Junk Food Break Up
    June 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats on the win!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    SWEET!!!! Congrats!!!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on the lentil win! I made your loaf the other night, and you definitely deserve it!

  • Katherine
    June 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    congrats on winning; do you get a lentil trophy? (I hope so!)

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    June 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Congrats on winning! Your recipes looked delicious, definitely gonna try that lentil loaf.
    Good luck with your edits!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    June 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Lol…that is a hilarious prize! I am definitely jealous 🙂

  • Samantha @ Foodedu
    June 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Oh my, that is a funny prize! Good luck on all your upcoming work and your book!

  • Brittany
    June 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Congrats lady! I want to come over and taste the lentil loaf. Next time I’m in Cali I’ll hit you up. 🙂

  • Alyssa
    June 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    what a hilarious and kind of wonderful prize! Congratulations!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    June 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Too funny! I like lentils, but I’m kind of sick of them just thinking about having a lifetime supply. 🙂

    Good luck with your second draft! I’ve never written a book or anything of that nature, but I find re-reading my own writing to be kind of out-of-body-ish. Sometimes I’m surprised how much I like it, sometimes I don’t remember thinking/writing something, and sometimes I laugh at myself. It’s weird!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    June 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Woohoo congrats!!! Yay for lentils!! Good luck with that second draft- don’t go too crazy 😉

  • Noelle
    June 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Congrats on the Lentil Loaf, I made it and it was delicious and very versitile! Plus it literally lasted me an entire week.. there may or may not still be 1/4 of the loaf decomposing in my fridge at this very moment, but that’s not the point :-).

  • Michal
    June 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Congrats! I’m hoping to try that recipe next week 🙂 Or you could just send me my promised slice like you promised above 😉

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance
    June 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Is that for real?!?!? You won lentils for life?!?! Hahahah that’s a ridiculous prize! But awesome, because now you get to keep playing with recipes 🙂

  • Kerri Beth
    June 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Lentils for life! That is crazy talk. Do you get a shipment every year?

  • eatmovelove
    June 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Too funny!
    Lentil recipes for life! Bring ’em on I say please 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Oh wow…lentils for life? I’d be one happy girl for winning something like that…haha. Awesome! 😀

  • M.
    June 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Out of curiosity ,how much is lentils and peas will you get?!(what do they consider a usual yearly amount I wonder?!)
    Very fun 😉

    And….do you like ’em lots?! Hope so! Bon appetit Jenna!!!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I can attest that Lentil Loaf recipe is delicious. Congratulations!

  • Lisa O
    June 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Go Jenna! Good luck with the writing, i’m a writer too and love following your journey to publishing stardom. Hope we can order a copy in Australia. PS Crazy = fun.

  • Kelly
    June 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Congratulations on your win! Lentils for life sounds like a good deal to me. I love them so!

  • Cara
    June 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I can’t even comprehend a lifetimes supply of lentils!
    Don’t eat too much, you may turn into one 🙂

  • Stacey@
    June 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Congrats on winning and looking forward to all the meals that include lentils with your new lifetime supply. I will be watching and I’ll be very jealous.

  • Whitney and Courtney
    June 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I have been doing a ton of HITT workouts lately… they rock!

  • Kim
    June 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Congrats on winning! Don’t worry, I think we all have a little bit of a crazy person brewing under the surface. Hope she isn’t too hard on ya! 😉 Have a great weekend!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    June 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I’m planning on making that lentil loaf next week! It looks so good.

  • kaila
    June 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Oooooh i wish i lived in the area, i would totally come over and make lentil loaves lol! i love lentils and make amazing burgers and soups with them all the time ! I cant wait to try the recipes you have posted using lentils. anytime you wanna share the lentil love, you can send some my way 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 26, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I can see why you won.. I made your lentil loaf and it was AMAZING!!!!