Monday, November 16, 2009

Authentic Indian Daal (Lentils)

Making Indian food seems so daunting to me...maybe because of all the exotic spices that are used in dishes.  This is the first Indian dish I learned how to make and it's a great one to start with because it's super easy--and super delicious!

I find red lentils at Asian markets

The Ingredients: (serves 2...double the ingredients for 4)

1/2 cup red lentils
1/4 of an onion chopped
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp tamarind
1/4 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp of chili powder (depends on you spice tolerance!)
pinch of pepper

Rinse lentils and drain lentils a few times and then add 1.cup of water.  Add all the spices, mix, and heat till boiling, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Brown onions in oil and then add to the lentils, mix then cover and let it continue to simmer.

I buy naan from Trader Joe's (you can find it in the frozen section), but you can also use pita bread or tortillas to eat with.  Great as a main dish or as a side!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lowbrow Mini Pizzas!

I looooooooove pizza, but I don't love all the fat and calories that come with it.  I saw this idea at Trader Joe's--they actually passed out samples of this and it was really tasty! 

First pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Here's what you need:

Shredded cheese
A yummy pizza sauce
All your favorite toppings

This flatbread at Trader Joe's is only 150 calories a piece and when it cooks it crisps up just a bit so your pizza isn't flimsy.  Spread on some pizza sauce (I find the Trader Joe's pizza sauce to be pretty darn delicious) and sprinkle on your favorite shredded cheese and toss on your toppings.  I fogot to buy pineapple for my mine...but it was still yummy! 


Let bake for 6-8 minutes.  I topped it off with red chili pepper flakes for some kick!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Basil Pesto Eggs and Cheesy Toast

I could eat eggs at every meal; this morning I wanted to fancy up my usual eggs and toast breakfast without trying too hard.  All I did was add a spoonful of premade basil pesto into my eggs and voila! Fancy, schmancy eggs!  I should've added more pesto...and sprinkled in some parmesan to the eggs--I'll do that next time.  For the toast I just layered some shredded cheese I had on top and stuck it in the toaster oven for a bit.  Simple, easy and sure to please!

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