Looking for something to do with your little people while they’re home from school this week? Making homemade marshmallows is easier than it sounds–and your kids will be amazed by how a few simple ingredients whip up into white, gooey, sticky deliciousness. (And it goes without saying, but from-scratch cocoa trumps Swiss Miss any day of the week.)
This year, I resolved to cook more meatless meals. One of the biggest hurdles to this has been my lifelong aversion to beans and lentils. But as a recovering picky eater, I’m trying very hard to grow up and get over it.
In my quest to like lentils, I’ve tried lentil casserole, lentil tacos, and a version of lentil “sloppy joes” that someone promised I would like (I didn’t). Then I remembered a lentil soup I’d had years ago at a friend’s house and asked for the recipe. At last! A lentil recipe I really, truly love.
I like to serve soup with homemade bread or rolls, especially when I can let my bread machine do all the hard stuff. So I’m also including my family’s current favorite, a recipe I got from my sister-in-law for Oatmeal Yogurt Bread.
Make a batch of this soup and a loaf of this bread and you’ve got two easy, hearty (but healthy) meals perfect for cold weather.
Turkish Wedding Soup
4 T. olive oil
2 onions finely chopped (I puree them in a mini food-chopper until they’re smooth)
1 t. paprika
1 cup red lentils
1/2 cup bulgur (at my store, this is stocked right next to the red lentils in the “ethnic cuisine” aisle)
2 T. tomato paste
8 cups vegetable stock
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Saute onions in olive oil. Add paprika, lentils, bulgur, and tomato paste. Add stock and cayenne pepper and cook about an hour. Squeeze a lemon wedge into each bowl before serving.
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