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When Lentils Go Wrong


When Momma came to visit she brought Christmas gifts and even my birthday gifts.  I my favorite was the pretty pink lentils.


Yes, I said lentils. I’m weird and proud of it. Open-mouthed smile

Technically they are red lentils but I was thrilled.  I’m on a new foods kick.  The bulk bins is my new favorite hangout.  My traditional grocery store items have been replaced with fava beans, amaranth, millet and adzuki beans.  Fun new food adventures are ahead.

Most of my new recipes turn out fantastic, if I do say so myself.  Then some days they just go wrong.  In honor of Eat in Month I wanted a quick meal that cooked itself…mostly.  I let the rice cooker do the work tonight.


Ready some lentils and rice…set with some spices, vinegar, and oil…and press GO! For a bit o’ green I added broccoli to the steamer basket on top.


I opened the lid when the buzzer rang and noticed something missing…something pink.


I know I put lentils in there…I promise.


Perhaps it just needed a bit more seasoning and good lighting. Smile


Nope they weren’t missing…they were using their super powers of invisibility.  Apparently my new favorite lentils need a very short cooking time and my rice cooker did not understand this.  The rice was extremely mealy and my favorite vinegar didn’t help.  Sad smile IMG_6379

Darn you pink lentils…you foiled my dinner plot.  We ate it but really wished we could go grab Mediterranean food.  I’ll have to settle for some frozen cherries for dessert.

The biggest problem is I have an entire pot left over.  I hate wasting for so the challenge is to transform it into something else.  Maybe hummus will fix it.  Hummus fixes everything, right?

What is the worst meal you’ve ever made?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/01/2011 9:14 AM

    Oops! Rice cookers are supposed to work magic…. what went wrong??

    My worst meal was a similar bean-and-kitchen-appliance-gone-wrong experience — red bean soup in the slow cooker. It was… the worst. Like beans floating in water. We still laugh about it.

    By the way, I gave you a small shout out in my post this morning! Thanks for inspiring me to set shorter-term goals 🙂

  2. 07/01/2011 9:41 AM

    Bummer about the lentils. Hope you can find a way to jazz up the leftovers. I can never get stir-fry right. The veggies always get mushy and it tends to be bland. So I leave it to others to make. 😦

    • 07/01/2011 1:09 PM

      Hunni accidentally threw it away because he thought it was so bad. Oops. But I know to cook red lentils separately. 🙂

  3. 07/01/2011 10:33 AM

    Oh boo! That stinks. I’ve been cooking a lot (read: experimenting) with green lentils. They’re really good and good for you! I made lentil sloppy Joes (which I never at the real thing, but I thought they were great) and lentil meatless meatballs. I also made a soup with sweet potatoes and lentils. I’m anxious to try some sort of curry.

    The first time (and last time) I tried to make millet, it turned out mushy and flavorless. I’m still willing to get it a try, but I’m still not sure what I did wrong.

    • 07/01/2011 1:11 PM

      Lentils are a great sub for meat. I don’t like regular sloppy joes but I love the lentil version.

      With Millet you need to toast it in a dry pan first or it turns to mush.

      • 07/01/2011 1:32 PM

        You know, I toasted it, but it was still really blah 😦 I think I cooked it too long, or maybe too much liquid?

      • 07/01/2011 1:33 PM

        Too much liquid is danger. You want it to have a bite. I learned this from experience this week 🙂

  4. 08/01/2011 12:18 AM

    wow – who knew the pink lentils would disappear? i guess i won’t be trying them in my rice cooker?!?

  5. 08/01/2011 4:52 PM

    My worst cooking adventure was mine and Jake’s very first Thanksgiving alone- we made the pumpkin pies but then forgot to turn up the temp on the oven for the turkey. So our turkey was raw inside once we pulled it out, which meant that the stuffing couldn’t be eaten. While making the gravy, Jake kept adding cornstarch since it was so liquidy-poof it was a rock. I made the mashed potatoes WAY too early, so they were cold. We ate corn, cold mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie that year. We crack up about it now and learned many lessons that day.

    • 08/01/2011 5:09 PM

      That is just too funny Jenny. Hunni and my first thanksgiving we had to keep putting the turkey breast back in and eventually gave up and ate everything else…including an entire cheesecake 🙂 Cynthia 🙂 -Healthy Living Blogger

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