Lentil and Quinoa Salad

I haven’t had lentils in a looooooong time, mainly because I usually reach for chickpeas or other beans. Lentils take a little bit longer to cook, so that’s probably why. I guess I could buy the canned variety, but they’re just not the same. Yesterday I was kind of craving them, which is something I thought I’d never say. Honestly though, I wanted a good lentil salad where the lentils still had a bit of bite and there was a good freaking dressing! So I got in the kitchen because when I’m craving something, I get to work.

We didn’t have a lot of veg in our fridge, but we had everything you need for a good lentil salad. Quinoa, red onion, parsley, hummus, balsamic, olive oil, and of course, lentils. Yes, I included hummus in the dressing. Hummus makes EVERYTHING better, and in this case it adds flavour and some volume to the dressing. The parsley and red onion add some great colour to this salad. Oh, and I used red quinoa, which is fun! As far as I can tell it tastes the same as regular quinoa, it just has a nice colour. Try it out!

The lentils only took about 25 minutes to get tender. I took them off as soon as they were soft, because I didn’t want them to get too mushy. Then I mixed them up with the quinoa, parsley, onion, and that awesome hummus and balsamic dressing! So simple and so yum and so fresh. On the side of my salad I had some more hummus (duh) and sweet potato, which went really well. If you want your salad a bit heartier you could try tossing the sweet potato right in there.

Hope you enjoy this light salad that’s perfect for a quick lunch or side dish!!

Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side dish

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup dry green lentils
  • 1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Give your lentils a little rinse, then toss them in a small pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down a bit and let the lentils simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until they’re tender but still have some bite, and most of the water has been absorbed.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the hummus, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and some salt and pepper.
  3. Toss together the quinoa, cooked lentils, parsley, and red onion with the dressing. Serve with more hummus, and some roasted sweet potatoes.
  4. Enjoy!

This is one of my favourite simple salads to make, and I’ll definitely be making it again sometime soon. See ya later!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Butternut Squash Hummus

This first week of staying at home has been alright, although I’m finding it a bit harder than I thought to stay disciplined and be productive. However, I haven’t gotten very antsy yet, so that’s good. Hummus is a great “I’m trapped at home snack” because you can eat it with pretty much everything- veggies, pretzels, rice cakes, bowls, sandwiches, etc- and it’s something to make when you’re bored😂😂 This hummus uses frozen butternut squash, which I defrosted. I’m really into this frozen stuff because you can just throw it in a pot with some water and it’s done in like 5 minutes, whereas cooking it from scratch would take waaay longer. I also used two cloves of garlic because I love my garlic, but you can use one if you’d prefer. The people who you’re hanging out with at home all day will thank you for your less garlicky breath if you just use one. But I mean, if you really need to enforce social distancing, go ahead and use two. Either way, make this hummus right now because it hits the spot!!

Butternut Squash Hummus

Serves: 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the butternut squash with a cup of water into a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until you are left with a smooth, delicious hummus. Enjoy!

Hope you like this recipe! Stay safe everyone;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Toasty Curried Zucchini and Hummus Wraps

Hello there! This recipe features a technique that I discovered recently and has changed my life; toasting wraps in a pan! It gives wraps such a toasty, restaurant-like quality that is absolutely amazing. Not to mention that it helps them stay folded! Also, it’s zucchini season, and my grandma gave me some monstrous zucchinis to use up! The plants in my own garden are still in the flowering stage. I used a smaller one for this recipe, but expect to see lots of zucchini posts in the near future;) Here’s the recipe for this delicious wrap!

Toasty Curried Zucchini and Hummus Wraps

Serves: 2

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini, cut into rounds
  • 1 small bell pepper, sliced (any colour)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbs curry powder
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs hummus (I like roasted garlic)
  • 2 organic whole wheat tortillas
  • Sprouts or finely chopped lettuce (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, heat up the olive oil. Add in the zucchini and bell peppers, and cook until they are just starting to go soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the water, garlic and curry powder. Dump the mixture into the pan and continue to cook until all of the liquid has evaporated and the veggies are soft.
  3. Wipe out your pan with some paper towel and set it aside to be used for toasting your wraps.
  4. Spread a tablespoon of hummus onto each of your wraps. Spoon half of the vegetable mixture onto each wrap as well. Top with sprouts or lettuce.
  5. Fold each wrap tightly, making sure that both ends are closed. Heat the pan over medium heat and place the wraps seam-side down in it. Toast the wraps for about a minute on each side, or until they’re golden brown.
  6. Enjoy!

Sprouts add a lot to these wraps, but if you don’t have any I definitely recommend adding some lettuce or tomato for a bit of freshness. But the toasting just puts them over the top! Let me know what you think in the comments:))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Creamy Mushroom and Hummus Pasta

Hello! I saw the idea for using hummus as a pasta sauce on Instagram, and it legit changed my life. In this recipe, the hummus is added in with fried onions, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes, then diluted with a little bit of water to give the sauce a creamy texture. The beauty is that you can use any kind of hummus that you want, and if you pick some up from the store, you can have a quick and easy dinner. However, I did include a hummus recipe in this post, which only takes about 10 minutes to make. You can also switch around the kind of pasta that you want to use- I used spaghetti made from lentil flour, but any kind works. I hope that you enjoy this delicious dish!

Creamy Mushroom and Hummus Pasta

Serves: 1

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Hummus (makes more than what you’ll need for the pasta):

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 of an onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (I used portobello)
  • 1 serving cooked pasta, about 85g
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend all of the hummus ingredients, except for the olive oil, in a blender. Once the chickpeas have started break down, stream in the olive oil and continue to blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and onions, and cook for about 6 minutes, until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes into the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Next, the hummus and water get dumped into the pan. Stir to combine the two ingredients.
  5. Add in the cooked pasta and coat it and the vegetables with the hummus and water mixture. The sauce should be creamy, so if it’s too thick add more water, and if it’s too thin add more hummus.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mmmmm! I’d love to try this recipe with a roasted red pepper or lemon and herb hummus. This simple garlicky one pairs wonderfully with the mushrooms though;) Have fun making and getting creative with this pasta!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked