Widowed lentils soup with carrot and cavolo nero

Widowed lentils soup with carrot and cavolo nero

In Spain, ‘widowed lentils’ stands for meatless lentils. Binary-gender-criticism apart, I wanted to give some sexy greenery and carrot for the widow to play. Cavolo nero is rough enough to stand the long cooking green lentils need, so I gave it a try, and got one new recipe for the win!

Ingredients for 1 serving:
– Green lentils 100gr
– One clove of garlic
– Half bay leaf
– Piede of celery
– Small organic carrot
– Six cavolo nero leaves, chopped
– Salt

Directions:
Soak green lentils for at least half an hour. Some varieties need the whole night, check directions on your label. Boil everything together for at least 15 minutes, you won’t need no oil. Depending on the variety, you might need up to 45 minutes for the lentils to soften. Keep an eye and stir, you don’t want to run out of stock. Serve.

[Recipe review] Tomato, courgette, white bean and basil soup (The perfect pantry)

This is a picture of Lablascovegmenu's Flickr that shows a bowl of Tomato, zucchini, white bean and basil soup

Baked beans had shown to lower total cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, according to wikipedia, so I’ve been looking for new ways to cook white beans with vegetables, other than common meat-based spanish fabada (or soyrizo for based vegan fabada).

I followed this perfect pantry’s recipe. Well, more or less, as always. I didn’t use cheese, nor replaced it with anything. I didn’t use heavy stock, just added extra celery, and did not use enough tomatoes, just two cherry ones. But I did use dried beans instead of canned, that gives it more vitamins, is cheaper, has better taste and I bet is more filling. Just bear in mind dried beans do grow a lot from dry to soaked, and to keep an eye not to run out of water.

Ingredients:
– white beans
– olive oil
– courgette, chopped
– tomatoes, chopped
– dried thyme
– fresh basil leaves

Directions:
Start turning on the alarm the night before you want to do this. Soak beans in water when it rings.
The day after, I started with the sauté onion and garlic then boiled soaked beans with water, tyme and celery for more than one hour. Is calles slow cooking for a reason, I guess.
Then I added the chopped courgette and tomatoes and boiled for some ten to fifteen minutes more.
Serve.

Overall rating… meh. Don’t get me wrong, beans were delicious, but they always are. I guess it’s really good if you’re used to baked beans with tomato, because this recipe them an italian twist. But for me, it still lacks something, and I’m not the kind of girl to rely on heavy vegetable stock or cheese for that. Will keep on searching!

Recipe review: Roasted Cabbage with Lemon (Kalyn’s Kitchen)

“If you lived on cabbage, you would not be obliged to flatter the powerful” – Diogenes of Sinope

Following this week menu, yesterday I did this recipe I saved 28 weeks ago on Pinterest through John and Roxanne McLain. Apparently, the original one comes from Eat Repeat, although my favorite is the more detailed adaptation from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

I’ve done it now for a pair of times and it really gives cabbage a different twist, although I never get to take it from the over at the right time: either too early or too late. I’ll keep on trying, because it’s yummy, fast and easy.

You’ll need:

  • Cabbage
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & black pepper

The idea is to cut every cabbage in eight pieces, but I was cooking just for me, so I only did half. Then place them in an oven tray.

For the juice I squeezed half a lemon and I confess it was too much, much less would do, but I did like the over-lemony citric taste. Placed together with two spoons of olive oil (I’m trying to control my fat intake, but of course more oil means more taste), fresh ground pepper and salt. I mixed it with the same spoon as I used for the salt, call me lazy, but if I use a whisk that’s a thing more to clean later. Then left it in the oven for 15 minutes but burned it. And tried it again, but I think I took them too soon.

Anyway even burned or semi-raw this was good. I can’t wait to try again and see if I get it right!