Last Monday, I tried a new plant- strong recipe – Red Lentil Dahl, served over brown rice. Bursting with exotic flavors and loaded with nutrients, I was planning to take a picture and post it as a Meatless Monday recipe.
I tasted it as it cooked. One of the spices was completely overpowering (was it the whole tablespoon of coriander? probably), but since the last step was to add in one more spice, I figured that star-of-a-spice was going to to balance everything out.
I was wrong. It was so awful that I couldn’t eat more than a few bites. I will eat just about anything, so you can trust that it was just basically inedible. As Chad said, it tasted like gargling dishsoup. Dishsoap with lentils. I can’t tell you how much I hate spending time on a pot of good, healthy food, and then tossing it in the trash. I heated up some chili beans to dump on top off our brown rice, and that was dinner. Yes, rice and beans. Healthy, yes. Satisfying, no.
We had Family Home Evening later. I taught the lesson, and Colin, who was in charge of the activity, decided to team up with Gabe, who was in charge of treat, for a very classy combination of the two: a trip to the nearest gas station, which recently made the transition into a 7 Eleven. The plan was for the boys to partake of their first-ever Slurpees. By the way, the boys thought we were calling them Slurpees as a joke and would not believe that was their real name until they saw it written on the cup (maybe we tease too much?). Everytime they said it, they laughed. SLURPEES! So funny.
After they filled their cups with the icy sugar water, they saw the greasy hot dogs and corndogs spinning on their rollers, and droll started dripping from their chins. I could almost hear their rice-and-bean-filled stomachs growling as they begged us for them. I looked at Chad, who I was sure was feeling as hungry as me, and we caved.
Which is how it became Meaty Monday. Classy, sugary, Meaty Monday. YUM.