another way with lentils

so i had a couple of wild hair ideas today. i like to think the ideas were product of culinary smartness, but my money is on the transient daydreams that came in and out of my lucid state of “awake.’ i was awake, but i feel like i was sleep walking all day; there was a disconnect between brain and execution of tasks, like typing, walking… thinking about what to make for dinner.

feeling like i just woke up, breakfast for dinner seemed perfect.

short stack

now, breakfast for dinner has been done before; it was the execution of the pancakes that was my wild hair. i made the pancakes with lentils (see the red tint?) and they turned out amazing. since the purchase of the $5 four pound bag of lentils, i’ve been obsessed with exploring the seemingly endless possibilities of my imagination.

the pancakes were nutty, sweet and chock full of protein.

red lentil pancakes

1cup red lentils, soaked & rinsed
1/2cup flour
1/2 cup + 2tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4cup milk
pre heat large skillet over medium heat
process lentils in food processor until smooth, add flour, sugar, cinnamon and milk. pulse until smooth and creamy.
ladle scant 1/2cup batter into skillet. when batter starts to bubble (about 4min), flip and cook other side for another 3 min (or until slightly browned).

sweet, nutty and oh so good

my second wild hair idea came in the form of syrup. i have pure maple syrup at my disposal, but in another daydream, i was swimming in a pool of pistachios… eureka! pistachio syrup. sounded like an incredible idea. and it was.

i made basically a simple syrup with water, confectioner sugar and pistachios.

pistachio syrup

1cup water
1 1/2cup confectioner sugar
1/2cup raw pistachio
place all ingredients in medium sauce pan, bring to boil over medium heat, turn down heat and let simmer/boil for about 3min. let come to room temperature (i put my sauce pan in an ice bath). transfer sugar mix to food processor and add another healthy handful of pistachios. pulse until smooth.

red and green... they are complimentary colors

the nutty sweet, dense lentil cakes topped with the sweet nutty pistachio syrup was a great way to end my monday.

sweet dreams,

About faithbenitez

novice cook, expert food lover and day dreamer extraordinaire
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2 Responses to another way with lentils

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