I feel silly even posting a recipe, as this was so simple - but it tasted so good that I think it deserves to be written down. ;) Naturally, this takes some extra time if you use uncooked lentils; but if you have canned or leftover lentils, this meal is ready in no time at all.
The Five Minute Noodle Bowl
- 1 serving of Japanese soba noodles
- handful of dried mushrooms, soaked in warm water*
- 1/3 c (uncooked) green or brown lentils**
- 3 carrots, grated***
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp (Hatcho) miso paste
- 1-2 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce, or red pepper flakes (optional)
This made two servings for me - the lentils make it a very filling meal - so now I have a nice lunch for tomorrow as well! :)
*Soaking time will vary - some types of mushrooms require much longer time than others. Mine are small chanterelles, and if added into hot liquid, they don't necessarily require any soaking at all. Unless I'm in a hurry, I usually soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes. You can also replace dried mushrooms with fresh shiitake, wild mushrooms, button mushrooms, or any other type you like.
**I should also add that the lentils I used had been cooked in (weak) vegetable broth. If you use plain lentils, you may want to add more spices - depending on your own taste.
***Feel free to add garlic, ginger, and any additional vegetables you have on hand. I'm sure grated zucchini and finely chopped bell pepper would be wonderful additions.
After dinner, I took my laptop, parked myself on the couch, and found the new episode of Grey's Anatomy online. :) Accompanied with a second take on my Banana Coconut Bread - turned into muffins.
This time, I replaced the chocolate chips with chopped fresh pineapple, and I much preferred this version - it tasted fresh and not overly sweet, like the chocolatey version (which was still good, too!). I also used a more coarse type of spelt flour, which changed the texture a little - though not in a bad way.
I also made another cup of holiday-ish tea today, Yogi Cinnamon Spice. My boyfriend loves this herbal tea and drinks it almost every morning. Most Yogi Teas (this being no exception) are a bit too peppery to my taste and I seem to be a little allergic to some spice (?!) in them, but I love the scent. I left one tea bag on the counter in my kitchen, and the next time I walked in, there was a wonderful cinnamon scent lingering around.
I'm planning to climb into bed with these (ok, I'm lying a little: I don't actually read newspapers in the bed, as the ink sticks to everything. So I should say - I plan on reading the newspaper and then going to bed with the book ;)). The Guardian Weekly is one of my favorite newspapers and has some really interesting articles on world affairs. The book, on the other hand, is a gift I gave to my boyfriend on his birthday last week. He didn't have the chance to read it before his trip, and kindly promised that I could read it before him (I should admit, I was kind of hoping that. Not that I buy him presents I actually want myself, but it's always an advantage if we both like it - right? ;) My Dad read this book earlier and enjoyed it so much I have been dying to read it myself).
The Tivoli Gardens is closing for the season today - to open its doors again at Halloween and Christmas - and as I'm writing this, I can hear that there is a magnificent firework show going on. Unfortunately, most of my windows are facing the other way and the rooftops are blocking part of the view, so I can only catch glimpses of it if I half hang out of my kitchen window. ;) If I'd realized earlier that it was tonight, I might have gone out for a walk to see it.
Good night everyone. :)