Thursday, June 30, 2011

Confession Time: Healthy Foods

First things first. When I went to check the mail this afternoon, I saw a package sticking out of the mailbox. My first thought was, “Oh no! They delivered this to the wrong person!” Because my last name is not Cookie. I wish it was.


This is a much unexpected shipment from The Shenandoah Vegan, which was a reward for correctly identify some orange flowers. What’s inside? I’ll show you when I use it. Thanks, Shen!

I had originally planned a post about one-dish meals and healthy food. I quickly tire of both. One of my goals recently has been to cook quicker, cheaper meals. You may think I’m rich, the way I post about traveling, but I’m not. It’s time to buckle down, especially with more airfare already purchased. I also want to get dinners together more quickly, so I have time for other things, and reduce the temptation to just grab take-out.


This meal was quick and easy.

This meal was healthy.

I think it would make a tasty side dish for something a little more salty, and a little more filling. I get bored eating a big old helping of one thing. This is the Sweet & Sour Lentils recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook.

The lentils are cooked in apple juice and ginger, and then combined with onion, garlic, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrot, tomato, and rice vinegar and soy sauce. The serving suggestion mentioned brown rice and scallions, and I followed that direction. Between the apple juice and vinegar, the sweet & sour flavor was perfect, and the veggie/lentil/rice combination was really enjoyable. I’d make this again, but as a side dish.

What are your favorite quick and easy meals? I need suggestions.


  1. What a tiny mailbox!

    I hope to make the quick & easy meal tonight that you turned me on to: Sloppy Joes!

  2. Jessica Cookie...I love it! Can't wait to see what Shen came up with.

    I love sweet and sour...this dish sounds good, and looks pretty on the plate too, like colorful confetti.

    I guess for quick and easy, I usually do BBQ tofu with mashed or baked potatoes...also pasta with red sauce...kind of boring huh? I need some suggestions too!

    Happy 4th Jessica.

  3. The sweet & sour lentils look great! My quick and easy meals are always cooked up veggies w/ a sauce over some sort of grain--just like that one--so I don't think I'm much of a help. Stir-frys always win in my book!

  4. You're just as dodgy as Shen not telling us what you got yet!
    Quick and easy, eh? I'll usually just do a wrap or something. Actually, I'm always pretty surprised at how quickly noodles cook (I guess I don't do it often enough) and if you steam vegetables right over the same pot, it's super easy. I liked a noodle dish I had a while back - udon with steamed edamame and broccoli in a miso broth. But maybe that's not a full meal either.