For those of you who are muttering under your breath that you'd rather take your chances with salami and "Cool Whip" than eat a diet like I've mentioned at this website so far, please be encouraged with the following recipes. Many thanks to my contributors, who mostly grew up a meat-and-potatoes cooks, but are now wonderful vegetarian cooks. Most of us have learned by experience, reading, trial and error, and economic necessity, to make the following dishes:
Inspect beans and remove bad ones, stones, etc. Rinse well and allow to soak overnight with water about 2-3 inches above depth of beans. Next day, rinse beans again. Cover with water 2 inches above beans and cook for about 1-2 hours. Drain off most liquid from cooked beans, leaving some. Mix in salt, molasses, sugar or honey, paprika and oil. Pour beans into 3 quart casserole dish and bake 45 minutes covered at 350 degrees; then 25 minutes uncovered.
Lentil and Rice Soup
Place lentils in large saucepan. Inspect and pick over. Rinse well and drain. Add water, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaves, garlic, salt, hot sauce, molasses and rice. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for about 1 hour, or until lentils are tender. Add water while cooking as necessary.
NOTE: You may wish to specify a primary (or "sweet") molasses for a sweeter soup, or more hot sauce for a more spicy soup. Try your own ideas and create a new taste.
Split Pea Soup
Inspect and pick over peas. Rinse very well, until "suds" stop forming, and drain. Add water, onion, carrot, salt, parsley, vegetable oil. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for two hours or until peas have all broken apart. Do not undercook. Check your soup occasionally to add water if needed.
Add rice, water, butter
and salt to large saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Sauce for Spanish Rice
1 29 oz. can tomato
Mix all ingredients. Add to rice. Heat and serve.
Whole Wheat Macaroni
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni in large saucepan for 10 to 12 minutes (longer if more tenderness is desired). Place half the cooked macaroni in an ungreased 3 qt casserole dish. Sprinkle with half the onion, salt, pepper and cheese. Add balance of macaroni; repeat. Pour white sauce over casserole. Dot with butter. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.
Thin White Sauce
Melt butter in saucepan over very low heat. Blend in flour and salt. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling (over medium heat) stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute, and use in above recipe.
Starting with cooked and mostly but not entirely drained lentils, mix with above ingredients except oil in mixing bowl. Heat oil in frying pan (large cast iron frying pan is ideal) and brown and serve.
If you like, lentil hash can be served with poached eggs on top. An optional ingredient: cooked, diced potato. When in season, try mixing in some chopped green pepper towards the end of the frying pan cooking.
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