I’m super stoked to share with you that I’ve been selected as the Canadian Lentils Blog Ambassador for the upcoming BlogHer Food ’14 Conference in Miami, FL! I think it’s an absolute perfect match considering that I luuuurve lentils. In addition to being a great source of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy minerals such as folate and magnesium, lentils are so easy to prepare. They don’t require soaking and they generally cook on the stovetop in about 25 minutes, while split red and green lentils can cook in as fast as 10 minutes – now that’s what I call fast food!
I know I mentioned how versatile this fabulous food is, and, as proof, you should check out the Canadian Lentils recipe listing of desserts using lentils for inspiration; I’m thinking I need to make a dairy-free version of this Lentil Chocolate Cake ASAP. Or, for a more traditional recipe, I really want to try these Vegan Lentil Burgers with the Works by Chef Michael Smith with peanut butter and grated sweet potato.
Another recipe that inspired me was this Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Lentils. I made my own version using a sweetened homemade hemp milk, blueberries, cinnamon, currants, oats, and, of course, lentils. My recipe is best started the night before so the liquid can soak overnight. You essentially just stir together the ingredients:
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons dried currants or raisins
- ⅓ cup red split lentils
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 ½ cups sweetened non-dairy milk such as Vanilla Hemp Milk (see below for recipe)
- Spray an 8x8-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine oats, cinnamon, currants or raisins into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Rinse the lentils and stir into the dry ingredients.
- Add the blueberries and non-dairy milk into the mixing bowl and use a spatula to stir.
- Pour the mixture into the glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator overnight to set.
- In the morning, preheat your oven to 375°F. Take the oatmeal out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while the oven preheats.
- Bake the oatmeal for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot, with a splash of non-dairy milk, if desired.
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 2 ½ cups water
- 4 Medjool dates
- 1 medium ripe banana
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds of one vanilla pod
- Combine hemp seeds, water, dates, banana, and vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds into a high-speed blender. Process for 30 seconds or until combined. Note: if you prefer to use a regular blender, you should soak your dates in hot water for at least 30 minutes to ensure that they get blended completely.
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To learn more about Canadian Lentils, please visit the website here, or follow on Facebook or Twitter. Lastly, if you’re going to BlogHer Food, please join in the Canadian Lentils scavenger hunt. Look for the Canadian Lentils sign at the registration desk on Friday 5/16 during the sponsor break at 2:30PM to get started with the first clues for the scavenger hunt. Note: This is a sponsored post by Canadian Lentils, but all opinions are my own.