Makes 2 cups (500 mL).
This creamy, smooth dip doubles as a sandwich spread. Full of flavour, colourful, and creamy, it’s the quintessential dip for any occasion. Be sure to use “toasted” sesame oil as it adds a depth of nutty flavour to the recipe.
Red Lentil Dip is also excellent spread on a tortilla wrap and loaded up with veggies. Or pipe into Belgian endive leaves and serve as an appetizer.
In fine-meshed sieve, rinse lentils, removing any tiny stones and possible debris. In large, saucepan, bring 3 cups (750 mL) water to a boil. Add rinsed lentils and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until lentils are soft and creamy. Drain off liquid into bowl and reserve a bit for later. Slightly cool lentils.
In high-speed blender, place cooked lentils and garlic along with lemon juice, tahini, sesame oil, miso, and seasonings. Whirl until smooth. Add a splash of lentil cooking water, if needed.
Transfer dip to bowl and refrigerate until chilled. If not serving right away, cover for longer storage. Dip can be refrigerated for several days.
To serve, drizzle with chili oil and fresh cilantro, if using. Serve with cut-up fresh veggies and toasted pita.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
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