Why, oh why, do the weekend pass by so quickly?
I have no pictures from lunch since I was just enjoying the company at our potluck, but my food turned out great!
My vegetarian enchilada-pasta dish was completely gone! Nothing left in the crockpot except for a black bean or two. I’m so glad it turned out well, because I kind of made it up as I went along last night :) I made some extras for us to have this week, so I’ll post my recipe along with that in a day or two.
I also made a 9×13 dish of those cookie-topped brownies, and most of those were eaten, as well. I had some of my pasta dish, a piece of grilled chicken, a little bit of another veggie-full casserole, some fresh peaches + nectarines, and a lot of watermelon. It was good!
It was nice to sit and talk with everyone and catch up! A few couples hadn’t been there the weeks we had been, and since we were gone a few weeks ago, I feel like it had been a long time since we’d seen them.
Nick and I came home with full bellies and took a little Sunday afternoon nap on the couch with Roxy, which is tradition and one that I love. After getting up from the nap, I started working on laundry and cleaning the house while listening to a little Jennifer Knapp and Old Crowe Medicine Show. Nick mowed the lawn while I was working inside, and we both finished up about the same time so I started on dinner.
I had seen this lentil and brown rice cake recipe in one of the latest Clean Eating magazines and had marked it to make this week.
The flavors were so good in these cakes, but they started out by not holding together well at all. I ended up adding 1 more tablespoon of flour to the mix to get them to stay together better.
Also, instead of shaping the patties by hand, I used a 1/3 cup measuring scoop and just scooped the mixture into that, pressed it down, then turned it out into the hot pan. I pressed them out a bit, and they actually flipped well and mostly stayed together that way.
I also added some fresh cilantro to the lentil cakes – I don’t think you can have too much cilantro. BUT – they would be great without it, too.
Instead of making the salad and dressing in the recipe, I just used up a bunch of stuff in our fridge.
My lentil/rice cake tower salad had:
- garden tomatoes
- 2 lentil/rice cakes
- fresh salsa
Overall, I really liked this recipe. The flavors in the cakes were great, and I love the mixture of lentils + nutty brown rice.
I was going to say that I needed to pack my lunch for work tomorrow, but I’m working from home so I guess I don’t have to! I keep forgetting :)
I’m off to watch a new Iron Chef America! Allez Cuisine!
Do you like lentils? What’s your favorite way to have them?