So healthy junk food

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Dinner
Vegetarian hamburger (vegetarian steak, ogorki, lamb’s lettuce, mustard, sweet tomato sauce, Our sauce BBQ)
Potatoes and mushrooms sauté

Back from the swimming pool. Tired and smelling bleached. But with a big appetite! So, I ran in the kitchen to make us something fulfilling which would be a little special as we had the chance to be together this evening.
Bear was the one who introduced me to junk food when we started to date. I know he misses it from time to time, so I wanted to treat him with a healthy vegetarian version. He’s totally charmed, and this hamburger is his favourite.
I gave two shots to this recipe before finding what I was really looking for. And for the bread, the recipe is just the one of milk bread loaf that you mould into a hamburger bread form, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake in a pot.

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Simple food: steamed rice onigris

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Bento content
Steamed onigri
Pumpkin purée, lentils, nori, and again lentils, pumpkin
-Sprouts
-Steamed red beans

If you’re familiar with my diet, you know how much I enjoy rice. I first tasted steamed rice in a welcoming Laotian restaurant in a little town in North-East of France. The chef explained us in detail the recipe. I can’t thank him enough for my everyday pleasure of enjoying steamed rice at home with low efforts. This time, I just accompanied it with some simple items. One side of the box I just set one layer of pumpkin purée, lentils, nori, then start all over. It’s really nice to take a spoonful of this mix. Red beans completed the meal.

A French version is available here.

Rice sandwiches, home-grown vegetables

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Bento content
Rice sandwiches stuffed with mushroom pâté (homemade)
-Mum’s garden carrot and parsnip
Lentils salad
-Dried fig, almonds, cranberries, and crystallised ginger
-Two little Alsatian biscuit (from Alice)

It has been a while since I last posted. Sorry about that but I’m quite busy lately and it seems it’s not going to change much. A friend of us popped in for dinner a few days ago and brought me some of these traditional Alsatian biscuits, and as we didn’t eat the full box on that evening I still had a few to squeeze in my lunch box. The vegetables are mum’s home-grown one’s, I find them so tiny and so cute, and if you had the chance to taste them you’d find them incredibly tasty and flavoured. It just wonderfully matched with my mushroom rice sandwiches. And just a little tip to enhance your rice sandwiches : use glutinous rice!

A French translation is available here

Wraps tonight

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Dinner
Tomato and feta jelly
Kohlrabi roesti
Lentils balls
Soya pellet in tomato sauce
-Carrot, cucumber, cauliflower, homemade pickles
Wraps

As you all know, I’m completely fond of wraps! And I usually put really weird stuff in my wraps. This time we went for so tasty lentils balls, a soya bolognese tomato sauce, and kohlrabi roesti and fresh veggies.
But before starting the wraps feast we had some little tomato and feta Provençal tasty jelly. I love these evenings when we have so much of little bites of so many different things…Yummy.

Lentils pot for a real joy

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Dinner
Lentil pots
-Rice
Kohlrabi and nut seasoning

Tonight, I was feeling lonely and shuffled through my cupboards to see what was left. I’m not buying long life ingredients when I finish them as we are going to leave at the end of next month. I found these forgotten lentils and dreamed of an easy heart warming hot lentils pots with white Arborio rice toped with my favourite homemade furitake.
When, Bear came back home tired from a hard day at work, he gently made himself comfortable in my arms and appreciated this little quickly made and so easy meal full with love. Maybe this is the mysterious ingredient which made this lentil pot so tasty?

Bento quickly made in the evening

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Bento content
Spinach and goat cheese pie
French vinaigrette
Lentils and coral lentils with soya sauce
Cabbage salad (yoghurt and mayonnaise)
-Carrot salad
Corn and olive salad

So, I’m in a real hurry lately. Very few time, for you, for me, for anything to say the truth. I’m running, running, running. So I had to quickly make a bento for tomorrow’s lunch as it is bento or starve choice option…
So quickly this evening, with the rest of flaky pastry from the onion pie, I made some little spinach and goat cheese pies. (yes, we treated ourselves with goat cheese).
I added the rest of our lentils and red lentils we had on the evening. They were cooked with 2 tbsp of black soya sauce. So we didn’t have to add a vinaigrette to highlight them. I prefer them just a littly crunchy for a bento salad so it’s a good idea to cook the both types of lentils together as the coral lentils are cooked before the brown lentils. It’ll give a crunchy and soft texture.
Then, I just added some salads and corn and olive salad for the starch.

This bento was really quickly assembled, but was tasty!

End of week bento:

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Bento
Cabbage tempura patties
Nuggets of spicy white beans
-Onigri rice sandwich with olive vegetarian pâté and nori
-Carrot and radish salad with French vinaigrette
-Boiled carrot slices and broccoli trees flavoured with stock
-Half a muffin of lentils and walnut cake
-Kiwi.

It’s the end of the week and happily there’s very few in the fridge.Happily? Yes, an empty fridge at the end of the week means a good week planning and
no waste. But, it’s a real challenge to put together a bento. Being in Poland and in winter we mostly rely on cabbage, and I have to use cunning to come out with another recipe to prepare them in order not to get bored. This time I came up with some little patties flavoured with miso.
I also prepared some little nugget balls of white beans that I spiced up with chilli pepper and thyme!
I know that this photo is not the best way to advertise the vegetarian pâté I made up. But, I was so happy with the taste of the one I had been offered for Christmas that I wanted to have a go and do some my own. The base is humus that I flavoured with olives and paprika. This was a really good experiment! I made some more for this week-end sandwiches with fresh veggies from the market!

I’m ill…so little cooking this week.