Lentil Burrito Recipe

My husband and I have been making an effort to eat healthier and more sustainably.  This is a tricky balance because cutting out carbs and adding in high protein diets isn’t so great for the planet.  We think we’ve found a pretty good balance of cutting out most processed foods and trying to eat vegetarian 1-2 x per week.  Here is a great recipe that is easy and delicious. It is perfect for leftovers for lunch the next day as well.

 

Lentil and Rice Burritos

  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 10 full size tortillas (wheat, gluten free, or whatever you chose)
  • 2 cups of spanish rice (we love goya!)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

 

To prepare the lentils, rinse them then add them in a pot with 3 ½ to 4 cups of water or use broth for more flavor.  Simmer on low for about 30 minutes–but keep and eye on them, depending on the size of lentils they may cook faster or slower.  Add your taco seasoning and mix.  Prepare your spanish rice.  Then I just fill and wrap each tortilla with about ½ cup of each the lentils and rice and a little sprinkle of cheese.  They can be eaten right away, or toast them in the oven for a little bit.

I have tried this recipe using a mix of quinoa and lentils and it is delicious and a nice twist.  I hope you enjoy!

Our Coffee Cart

photo (4) 2Who doesn’t love a good cup o coffee (or tea), and isn’t it better when it comes from your own home!  A space for a coffee bar was a must have when we were shopping for our new house.  This little nook in the kitchen worked perfectly.  The cart is the Forhoja by Ikea, it sells for $99.  We used it as an extra counter space at our old house, and it works perfect in the new house!  I have some plans to stain the top (and drawers?) and paint the rest.  The baskets hanging and rail are from the Fintrop series at Ikea, all total it was around $35ish dollars for them.  Coincidentally the top shelf is also from Ikea–we purchased it for our old house and never used it.

This has been a great place to store all our hot beverage gadgets.  For coffee we have use either the single cup keurig, or we have a Hamilton Beach Brew Station we got for free from friends who were giving it away!  I love to make a single cup of coffee with my aeropress, and make some milk froth using my aerolatte.

Recipe: Quinoa Cakes

I was out with some my friends last week at a delicious french bakery and communal table in Philadelphia.  My friend ordered quinoa cakes!  I immediately regretted my purchase and wished that I had ordered what she had.  So after coming home, I quickly googled recipes and decided to try my hand at it.  Here is what I came up with for my recipe

1 zucchini shredded (mine was small)
2 carrots shredded
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove minced
A teaspoon of lemon  juice
1/4 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg

Combine all ingredients and form into patties.  Pan fry on medium heat for about 4 minutes per side.

 

These were absolutely delicious!  I served them with broccoli salad.  These are great as a main course, but could also make a delicious side as well.  My husband suggested making them smaller and serving them as an appetizer at a party.  Hope you enjoy!