When I was hired on at the Co-op my boss asked that I participate in some of the food base events in and around town. Of course I am a very willing participant. Any chance I get to prepare food for the masses I am on top of the world!
For the Taste of Barrhead we are to pick a country we want to represent. Naturally I immediately wanted to do Canada. Not for the butter tarts or maple flavors we automatically think of when we think of Canadian fare. My Canadian food of choice is Lentils! If you are a regular reader here you know I am crazy about lentils. I cook with them every week and through my source at TGP found a source to have them supplied in my section in the store.
I talk lentils to any customers who will listen. But talking is one thing, serving them amazing dishes prepared with them is another. As they say, the proof is in the pudding! Once you taste a dish that you can’t forget that is all that it takes to become a fan. Once you learn how healthy they are you become an super fan!
For this years event I made 2 of my favorite lentil recipes. Lentil Chili and Oatmeal Lentil Chocolate Chip Cookies. Both were a huge success. At one point I had one woman come back and buy 3 dozen cookies! I need to remember to take large take out containers for next year.
Lentil Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of butter
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 cup of green lentil puree
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat oven for 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix together the sugar and butter. Add the egg just until blended. Add vanilla and lentil puree mixing well. Sift the flour, salt and soda together. Add it one third at a time to the butter sugar mixture. Mix on low until just blended. Now add the oats and chocolate chips and cinnamon, stir until combined.
Scoop out one generous tablespoon of dough for each cookie onto parchment lines cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with a fork.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned. Do not over bake.
I have made this recipe before adding peanut butter but because of allergy reasons I left it out this time. I wanted everyone who attended the opportunity to try them.
If you are in Barrhead I will be featuring Lentils at The Festive Celebration tasting event at the Co-op in Barrhead starting the afternoon of the 20th of November running from 3 to 7 pm. Stop in a try some fantastic dishes and lets talk Lentils!