Grilled Eggplant Salad with Lentils and Tomatoes (The Kids Cook Monday)

Grilled Eggplant Salad Recipe with Lentils and Tomatoes - Andrea Meyers

“You can make this salad every day for the rest of the summer. I could eat it every day.” ~Michael “Mommy, this is so good!” ~Top Gun (Then he proceeds to stand up and dance at the table.) “Who wants to help me make the eggplant salad for Kids Cook Monday?” ~Me “Me!” ~Three excited… 

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Salmon and Lentil Salad with Spinach and Lemon Dill Dressing

Salmon and Lentil Salad with Spinach and Lemon Dill Dressing - Andrea Meyers

Dinner salads are what get me through crazy hot summers. Temperatures are hitting the mid to high 90s this week, so cool and light meals are the theme until the weather starts to cool down again, oh sometime in September. And even though grilling the salmon for this salad requires standing over a hot grill,… 

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Dry Beans and Legumes Cooking Chart

Andrea Meyers - Dry Beans and Lentils

I will use canned beans in a pinch because they are convenient, but increasingly I cook dry beans from scratch because I control the ingredients, such as the amount of salt which is often high in canned beans. I also prefer the flavor of freshly cooked beans over canned, though possibly the best reason is… 

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Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Spiced Vegetable Dal and a Memorial

Spiced Vegetable Dal - Andrea Meyers

My first cookbook from Sheila Lukins was the 1980s classic Silver Palate Cookbook, a popular book that led many people in the United States to change the way they cooked and viewed food. I’ve collected just about all of the books she wrote and have cooked from them many times over the years, learning something… 

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Spicy Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

Spicy Red Lentil and Tomato Soup - Andrea Meyers

Lentils are one of my favorite comfort foods, and when I need a little warmth and comfort I’m very likely to walk into the kitchen and make a pot of mujaddarah, my favorite lentils and rice. Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrients, including protein, iron, fiber, folate, and thiamine, plus they are inexpensive, making them… 

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Curried Lentil and Potato Stew

Curried Lentil and Potato Stew - Andrea Meyers

I’m not a summer soup person, and you generally won’t find soup on the menu around our house until the first frost. The weather isn’t even remotely cold here yet and I’m still wearing shorts, but for some reason I had a craving for this stew. I love stews with lots of flavor, and this… 

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Mujaddarah

Mujaddarah Recipe - Andrea Meyers

This is wonderful Middle Eastern comfort food with many variations depending on how the family fixes it. Some recipes call for more lentils than rice or vice versa. Some recipes call for the onions to be chopped, and others cook the lentils and rice separately. Personally, I love the nutty flavor that you get from… 

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