It's Meatout Day. Go take a look at one of my favorite vegetarian blogs, What Do I Know?, where KathyF will take you through a look at living without meat for a day.
I like meat, but I don't make it a huge part of my diet. If it seems like I write about meat a lot, it's just because I like to talk about the exciting meals I've experienced. I try to keep my meat consumption ethical, sustainable, blah-di-blah. And that usually means my meat meals are really special, so I talk about them.
But I'm super happy to eat vegetables, fruits and legumes. Milk products, too.
So today, I whipped up a beautiful lentil salad.
I had gone to my dentist this morning for the preliminary treatments prior to her applying my final crown... And she gave me a two-hour break while she crafted the porcelain beauty.
Well, I sped home and cooked up a pot of lentils, fast-fast. Lentils cook really quickly, without presoaking, so lunch was ready in no time.
I shaved some celery on the Benriner and lined two plates with that. I grated a carrot, and hacked up a handful of parsley leaves. Then I drained the lentils and tossed them into the carrots and parsley, along with salt, pepper, good olive oil (I used the delicious Verde from Sylverleaf) and good sherry vinegar. (Nothing from the allium family, because I was due back at the dentist's.)
It turned out to be a most delicious salad. A little warm, still, from the beans, and that was fun. Fast, tasty, and easy to chew with a compromised tooth.
Well, now the tooth is finished, and we are looking forward to our meatless supper of spaghetti, tomatoes and mushrooms. Toothsome!
I could get into this.