Saffron Lentils, Mashed Parsnips with Porcini Jus & Kale

Eat your vegetables!!! Admit it… how many of you have resolved to have a better diet in 2008? To swear off fast food? To eat all your vegetables? To, dare I utter the words, give up fried foods (gasp)? I'm not big on making resolutions, but after my overindulgences this holiday season, I too, could use a little recommitting to get my eating back on track. More than likely, my next few posts will be touting the virtues of vegetables and all things high in fiber. Don't you worry though… I'll be sure to trick you by making tasty food that your tummy will thank you for.

B returned from his holiday travels this Saturday, so a home cooked meal was in line. I was feeling awfully lucky to have access to a FM year round, so a feast of vegetables was an obvious choice. I had picked up two beautiful bunches of kale and delicious, earthy parsnips. I peeled the parsnips and boiled them until tender. I pushed them through my tami (my absolute favorite kitchen tool) and added some unsweetened soy milk to thin it out. Staying true to my vegan themed meal, I rehydrated some porcini mushrooms for the gravy. These have such a delicious, meaty flavor. Next, I simmered some red lentils with onions, garlic and a pinch of saffron. Lentils are a great source of fiber. Finally, I sauteed my cleaned kale in olive oil and simply seasoned with salt, pepper and a spritz of lemon juice. I garnished the lentils with a few slices of raw, red onion and paper thin serrano peppers. The parsnips got a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Healthy, yet flavorful. It is possible.

Thank you for the adorable plates, Misa. Somehow having great dinnerware, makes the food taste that much better!:)

Wishing you all a wonderful 2008! Hope it brings you health & happiness.


  • Jeff D

    01 Jan 2008 02:01 pm

    Hmmm….I have lentils….I have saffron….I have shallots.  

    I think I’m going to try the parsnip one with some leeks. 

    I’m a pretty dedicated meat-eater, but I love vegetables too and love exploring new ways to use them. 

  • hp

    01 Jan 2008 05:01 pm

    Looks fabulous! I too, need to get back less-indulgent eating.

  • Elly

    02 Jan 2008 07:01 pm

    yum yum yum! and can i have your plates, please? :) happy new year, julie!

  • Misallaneous

    10 Jan 2008 09:01 pm


  • Purplesque

    24 Jan 2008 04:01 am

    [this is good] Gorgeous food pictures. I’m glad I found your blog (thanks for leaving the comment).


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