day 21: Ginger & Lentils

Alright, is it just me?  I am having such a hard time getting going. Totally not motivated to do anything. Like I didn’t fold laundry for a week (so not the norm!), we all just walked over the mountain until yesterday when I snapped. Yes snapped.  Hubby knows the “look” I rarely get, basically “get the hell out of the way, our place is a freaking disaster and I am cleaning.” Funny that he and kiddo “hide” in our room while I cleaned, dusted, folded, put crap away, etc. It’s all good, it’s not the norm.

We are taking a break today from the canvases, because, well they are not done and I want to share a recipe and a trick I have learned in the past year of being vegan.  Can you believe it, it’s almost been a year of being vegan, amazing!

Do you know what this is?

IMG_5850Ginger! The oh so yummy root… I love ginger! Although I hardly used it before become vegan because it is tricky to work with.  That all changed with I read an great tip about cooking with ginger that works! Freeze it! What? Yes freeze it…

This has been in the freezer for a bit

When you get the ginger home, peal it and cut it into roughly 1″ pieces.  Put all the pieces into a container and pop it in the freezer. When you need ginger simply take it out and grate it, I use a micro-plane, into your dish.

IMG_5852Above you can see grating un-frozen ginger is a bit messy and you don’t get as much ginger.

IMG_5856However frozen ginger… a big pile of yummy ginger! What did I make with all this yummy ginger, Curried Lentils.  I adapted a recipe from Martha, here you go:

Curried Lentils (this makes a ton, we keep it in the fridge for up to a week for quick yummy lunches)

  •  1 pound lentils, cooked
  • 2 cups rice (white or brown), cooked
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 inches of ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder (you can use more or less)
  • 1 large squirt of sriracha (tablespoon-ish)
  • 1 jar/can of tomato sauce, 24 oz-ish ***
  • 1 lime
  • Cilantro, handful
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper flake, pinch
  • Olive oil

*** I like to use canned tomatoes, you can find ones with out all the chemicals and sugars added, sometime even the herbed ones and whirl them in the food processor to make a sauce.


1. Heat saucepan and add a swirl of olive oil, add onion and cook, stirring frequently until beginning to soften, add ginger cook until onions are starting to turn brown. (roughly 10 minutes total)

2. Add curry powder, cook until you can smell curry, about a minute

3. Add tomate sauce and lentils, stir to combine, let simmer for 15-20 minutes, until thickens up a bit. Add rice, lime zest & juice and chopped cilantro, stir, simmer for about 5 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

I guess I should have taken a photo of the Curried Lentils but I was too busy eating to do that, and honestly they don’t really look all that pretty but they sure are tasty!


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