WWYD w/these things?

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WWYD w/these things?
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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 11:38am

Doing a bit of kitchen cleaning this morning. I emptied out the small pantry to wipe it out and found a couple of things I'd like to use up. It's either that or throw out, so help me not to waste food, lol!


Lentils--about 1/2 package. Personally I like these, but the rest of the family not so much. Any ideas on using w/out making a big dish of something?


1/2 large can of chow mein noodles. Surprisingly these are still fresh-tasting; I'm not sure how long they've been hiding on the shelf. I'm thinking of making some snacky thing. Maybe melt some choc. chips, add peanut butter?????


TIA!

Kelly



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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 12:01pm

My dh and dd liked this recipe the first time I made it, ds not so much ;-) She has some other lentil recipes, but I haven't tried them.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/tacolentilsrice.htm

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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 12:53pm

Many vegetarian recipes use lentils as a meat substitute (more of a mouth feel thing, than taste). The easiest thing I can think of is to add them to your chili recipe. You can use them either to stretch the amount of ground beef you need to use, or use them in place of meat. You can also use them in a Mexican style



 

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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 1:34pm

Already tried that one.

Kelly



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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 1:37pm

Good idea to add them to chili. Though god forbid I use them in place of the meat, lol!! Dh would definitely notice THAT!! LOL!


Thanks for the ideas!

Kelly



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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 2:01pm

The only recipe I use chow mein noodles for is a chinese hamburger casserole.

1 lb ground beef, cooked -you could use 1/2 hamburger, 1/2 lentils
1-2 T dehydrated onion flakes
1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1/4 c water-I rehydrate the onion flakes in this before adding
1-2 T soy sauce
2/3 c. cooked rice--I use 2-3 cups instead of 2/3 cup--it stretches the recipe

Cook the hamburger loose meat style. Add the soups, onions, water and soy sauce. Add as much cooked rice as you want.

Put into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with chow mein noodles.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

I usually just serve it without baking it. It tastes just as good and saves one more dirty pan. Everyone tops their plates with chow mein noodles if they want and most add more soy sauce also.

I usually use cream of chicken soup because for some here, finding a piece of mushroom on their plate would ruin the whole meal!!!!

The original recipe calls for using 1-2 small onions, chopped and 1 cup of fresh celery, chopped and sauteing those in a little oil until soft. I use the dehydrated onion and cream of celery soup because A--it speeds the prep time and B--for some here, finding a piece of onion or a green veggie on their plate rates up there with finding a mushroom.

Annette


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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 6:04pm

Lentil soup maybe?

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 7:49am

This sounds good. I hear you on the cream of mushroom thing, I have the same problem here. I usually use cream of celery instead, but in your recipe 2 of those might be too much, lol!

Kelly



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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 7:53am

I haven't found a lentil soup recipe that is acceptable to dh and won't try anymore. If it's a *no*, then guess who ends up eating the rest? The hummus idea might fly, even if just for me since I love that stuff. Most recipes call for chickpeas; I'll have to search around. Thanks for the idea.

Kelly



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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 6:53pm
I don't like lentils either.