Monday, October 19, 2009

Spicy lentil soup and other tasty gluten free foods

I've fallen back in love with food. For the last week I really hated it after getting glutened,but now I'm feeling a bit better and decided use my brand new crock pot.I've never used one before so I looked up some simple recipes for cooking lentils in it and decided to make some dahl-spicy lentil soup. It actually turned out pretty well!
I know that doesn't look too appetizing,but it was nice and spicy and have the lovely texture of lentils: hearty and grainy and just the right amount of mealy-ness. I figured I would share my recipe in case anyone else wanted to try it(all these measurements are estimates,so just do what tastes yummy)

2 finely chopped carrots
1 finely chopped red onion
1 lb. lentils
1/2 head of cauliflower
2 big spoonfuls Earth Balance(gluten free margarine)
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
a few shakes of the salt shaker
1/2 lemon
1 bayleaf
6 cups water

toss it in the crock pot, stir it around and cook for 3 hours on HIGH and then about 1/2 hour on low. Blend it all together and enjoy! I'd recommend a dollop of Nancy's plain yogurt on top

I've also taken to making grits/polenta a lot lately. With cheese, garlic & corn in the mornings for breakfast or with bell peppers and onions for dinner. It's such a filling staple and tastes good with everything!