Eat Your Veggies!

8 Jul

Vegetables are good for everyone! Our library has lots of vegetarian cookbooks that can give you new ideas for recipes to tempt your family into healthier eating.  Try the following simple dish from the Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker (641.5636 A435g). It can make a meal in itself or be a great accompaniment to a favorite entrée.

Risotto with Lentils

1/2 cup dried lentils

3/4 cup Arborio rice

4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 of a  yellow onion, chopped

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon good, fruity olive oil

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Thoroughly rinse the lentils and rice, being sure to remove any small stones or dirt. Place them in the slow cooker insert along with the water and one teaspoon salt.

In a sauté pan, heat the butter and sauté the onion over medium-high heat until the onion is golden brown, about 10 minutes

Add the onion to the lentils and rice. Cover and cook on high for about two hours, or until both the lentils and the rice are tender. Add additional salt, if necessary, and pepper to taste.

Top each serving with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of the Parmesan cheese and the parsley.

Other titles to try:

College vegetarian cooking: feed yourself and your friends (641.563 C278.5c)

Double take : one fabulous recipe, two finished dishes, feeding vegetarians and omnivores together (641.5 R234d)

Love soup : 160 all-new vegetarian recipes…(641.5636 T454L)

Moosewood Restaurant cooking for health (641.5636 M825.5m)

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One Response to “Eat Your Veggies!”

  1. Marilyn Halvorsen July 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    We try to eat at least one vegetarian dinner each week and using lentils is a great way to get your protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Plus, I’ve recently rediscovered my slow-cooker, so I’m definitely going to try this recipe.

    We also try to eat healthier at our other dinners and one of my favorite authors is Ellie Krieger who had a show on The Food Network for a while but also has a couple of books published. She’s a registered dietician. One of her books is “The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.” I’ve made her crab cakes and turkey meatballs. We really liked the meatballs.

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