February 2008

Easy Cheesy Rice and Spinach

I made this up one day and it has quickly become one of our regular favorites. Tasty, nutritious, and QUICK to prepare. Ben even askes for seconds. Amounts are approximate for now, maybe I’ll try measuring stuff the next time. 🙂

    2 cups cooked brown rice

    1 10oz bag loosely packed frozen spinach (I use Woodstock Farms)

    6 eggs

    1 cup grated cheese — cheddar and/or mozzarella

    2 tbsps curry powder (or flavoring of your choice to taste)

    salt and pepper

    Optional: frozen vegetarian sausages, sliced

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Put the rice, spinach and a third of the cheese into a casserole dish and mix.
Beat the eggs together with curry powder and salt and pepper.
Pour eggs over mixture in casserole dish, stir to coat everything.
Top with remaining cheese (and veggie sausages if desired).

Cover and bake for 45 – 50 minutes, remove covering and cook for about 10 minutes more, or until eggs are set.


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Soup Sunday

Sweet Potato Lentil Chipotle

    1 onion, chopped

    oil (I used canola)

    3 medium sweet potatoes, chopped

    2 cups red lentils

    4 cups broth

    6-8 cups water

    ground cumin (2 tsp maybe?)



    liquid smoke

Sauté onion in oil until soft and beginning to brown. Add ground cumin and some chipotle.

Add sweet potatoes, lentils, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Turn down and let simmer for half an hour, or until lentils are mushy and sweet potatoes are soft. Add small amount of liquid smoke (1/2 tsp maybe?) and Braggs to taste.

Remove from heat and blend using immersion blender.

Return to low heat and allow to sit for a little while if possible. It thickens up nicely. Add more water if it’s too thick. Taste, add salt, pepper, more chipotle to taste.

You can sprinkle more chipotle once it’s served in the bowls, too — adds a nice swirl of rich red color.



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Felt Veggies

Here are some of the felt veggies I’ve been working on for the kids’ kitchen. Some are sewn from ordinary craft felt, and stuffed, and some are made using my newly learned (and highly addictive) needlefelting skill.


Click any of these images to view larger versions on Flickr.

More coming soon. (Did I mention I’m obsessed?)


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Felting Fool

I’ve become possessed. With a pointy needle.

The beneficiaries of this possession are my kids, specifically their kitchen. I have been making felted fruit and veggies.

Photos coming soon.


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