Cute story. So, I got home late from work and Mark had a friend over. We all hung out for a while but at 8:30 we realized we were hungry and had no dinner plans. Mind you, the friend we had over seriously questions Mark’s credibility about how our “healthy” food is actually quite tasty. I love me a challenge. I ran to the kitchen and quickly assessed our choices: 5 day old pink lentils, Castelvetrano olives-(stupid good), raw green cabbage, carrots, cucumber, kimchi, seeds & nuts, bread in the freezer and leftover mexican rice. Alright??…Ready, set go!
15 minutes later, I watched these two starving boys gobble it up to the very last bite. They loved the lentils and built the perfect bite with a variety of goodies again and again using the bread as little edible plates. Quote from our friend; “Oh man, the carrot dipped in lentils with a little cabbage and hot sauce is the shit.” Well said my friend, I concur;)
For dessert I brought over a jar of walnuts and apricots and said: “oh you won’t believe how the flavors marry when you eat them simultaneously, tell me what you think” (a little teacher-manipulation-stragegy I picked up while putting in time as a public school educator.) They tried it and they both help out their hands for more…if they had tails, they would have been wagging.
Sometimes I get the biggest kick out of seeing grown meat-loving men going crazy over a lentils, cabbage, apricots and walnuts;) Don’t tell them it’s vegan, don’t tell them it’s healthy just smile inside and know that they are being nourished.
Raw carrots and cabbage, Korean salad with julienned cucumber mixed with kimchi/sesame seeds/sunflower seeds/collards & heated on the stovetop, pink lentils mixed with chopped pecans and smokey salsa, toasted bread, fabulous olives, sliced strawberries and LOVE.