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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lentil Goat Cheese Salad +snack

I was starving at 11:30 so I had a baby bell light, a handful of sugar snap peas (so yummy) and green tea.

At 2, I was ready for lunch.

This salad was very easy. In fact I made two salads at once by dividing what I was chopping on the cutting board into one bowl and one glass tupperware container--slightly different ingredients in the container. (Here is a good link on making salads to last all week. ) I added to a bowl about 2 cups mixed greens, 1/4 red bell pepper, 1/2 a plum tomato, 1/3 cucumber and a few leftover broccoli florets, snow peas and carrots. Then I heated up some prepackaged steamed lentils from Trader Joe's (probably healthier than canned) and warmed some crumbled goat cheese to get it slightly melty. I added some dried parsley and basil to the lentils and a sprinkle of Celtic Sea Salt. I spritzed the salad with some Salad Spritzer's Balsamic Breeze.

I also toasted up 5 mini pita bread, which I dipped in some Cedar's Garlic Lovers Hummus.

I got this recipe for a book called Eat Smart, Lose Weight, which was on clearance for a $1 at the bookstore. It has some good veggie recipes. To see more of my books, check out this post on my other blog, which is sleeping right now!

The lentils only stay good for a few days, so I am going to have to try and freeze them or find some good recipes fast! Send them my way if you have any.

Last thing, I won't post the rest of my day until tomorrow because I will probably be out quite late.


Annie said...

I saw those lentils at TJ's the other day but was hesitant to try you think there worth buying?

Melissa said...

Hi Annie,

I thought they were very tasty, very flavorful on their own and even better with some herbs. Also they didn't have any "can" taste.

I have never really had lentils other than in lentil soup, so I don't know what they taste like if you cook dry lentils from scratch.

They were $2.99 which I thought was good.

Jori said...

Were the steamed lentils sold in the freezer section? How many cups per bag? I am wondering if I don't use them all if I could freeze them.

On Kath's blog you said you are trying to lose 15 lbs, in all your picture you seem pretty small.

Melissa said...

Hi Jori,

The were with the produce section. The bag contained 5, 1/2 cup servings. So 2 1/2 cups.

I never said I wanted to lose 15 pounds, it must have been another Melissa commenting on Kath's blog.