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Old 03-06-2010, 06:57 AM   #61
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Lentil Salad with Greek Dressing

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I just picked up some bulgur and I have a lot of green lentils. I think I am going to try making another lentil loaf this weekend!
My favorite lentil and bulgur recipe. I serve this as a main dish even though it is served cold.

1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cups bulgar wheat
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dry lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium tomato, cut in bite size pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 2 1/4 ounce can of sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
  • feta cheese (optional)
Greek Dressing
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • In a medium saucepan bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil; remove from heat. Add the bulgar wheat and salt. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain and press bulgar to remove all water.
  • Rinse lentils. In a saucepan add lentils to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender 20-25 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again.
  • In a large bowl add the cooked bulgar, lentils, tomato, cucumber,onion and olives.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake well.
  • Pour dressing over the salad.
  • Top with feta cheese before serving. (optional)
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:31 PM   #62
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Yeah i want to become vegan . I always confused of bieng vegan fo i read a lot of book about vegies eater. Then i found more advantages of it .. But it hard to practice a a vegan . Takes time . Anyone can advice me how to start ?
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:07 AM   #63
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CookLikeJulia: Have you found any good vegan cookbooks?
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:58 AM   #64
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That would be my main starting place is looking at vegan recipe books and finding one that had items I found appealing or wanted to try. What are some things (vegan or not). That you like to eat now? It might help to know that as well because similar recipes can be found.
There are lots of forums online for vegetarians and vegans, some which may be more appealing to you than others. There's Veggieboards which I am a moderator at and have been on for years. The members can be a bit immature at times, but any questions you have will be answered quickly. There's also the forums linked off The Post Punk Kitchen: Vegetarian cooking & vegan baking with no attitude. They're a really nice bunch of people too and the site's content has a lot of recipes and tips. Having outside support whether it's a local in-person group or online is one of the things many of us need to get started and keep going. I hope this helps.
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There are also tons of vegan blogs with photos and recipes. The Post Punk Kitchen has a section dedicated to food porn, and most of the pics link to recipes or blog posts. That way, you can browse until you find something that looks good to you, then learn to make it.
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Ok, dear vegans and vegatarians please refer your atention to my post "vegetarian chalange" I need a lot more help there, please, thank you.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:03 PM   #67
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I often use bulgur to simulate the texture of ground beef.
So I got more into using that bulgur with kidney beans, and was able to make a "meat-less meatloaf" with kidney beans and bulgur!
It turned out great, and my husband thought it was meat
I think I have found my comfort-food staple now :)
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:21 PM   #68
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So I got more into using that bulgur with kidney beans, and was able to make a "meat-less meatloaf" with kidney beans and bulgur!
It turned out great, and my husband thought it was meat
I think I have found my comfort-food staple now :)
Oh yes! That's the exact idea I have with lentil loaf. My girlfriend's lentil loaf does not use bulgur but makes use of bread crumbs (much like you would use crackers in a regular meat meatloaf) to hold everything together. I've bought some bulgur and thought I would try using bulgur in place of the breadcrumbs just to see what kind of results I get. Speaking of bulgur, there's a little gas station Middle Eastern place that I'd better make haste to if I actually want lunch today.
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