Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cupcakes and Strawberry Ice Cream....for dinner

I love a good vegetarian meatloaf, and also a good why not combine the two??? Just what you were thinking right? I got the great idea to make cupcakes for dinner from my friend Katie, and it has quickly become a family favorite. The "strawberry ice cream" mashed potatoes were my addition, because there is nothing like a good lentil loaf and some garlic mashed potatoes. I made these a few days ago, and had not gotten around to writing the recipe down, so my solution is to add "ish" to every recipe amount. And that will make it ok if my amounts are all off...........right?

Lentil cupcakes

2ish cups cooked lentils
1ish package of cream cheese
1 package spaghetti sauce seasoning
1/4 cupish spaghetti sauce
5ish cloves of crushed garlic
2ish cups of oats

Ketchup or BBQ sauce for "frosting" and shredded cheese and/or baco bits for sprinkles.

Combine the softened cream cheese, spaghetti sauce seasoning, garlic, and spaghetti sauce in a large bowl. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add the lentils and stir in oats until it has a good meat like consistency. You should be able to shape it into balls without it crumbling all over the place. Heap this mixture into GREASED muffin tins and bake at 350 until *doneish. Let the kiddos frost these bad boys with ketchup, or BBQ sauce (Annie's makes some great HFCS free condiments), and sprinkle with cheese and or baco bits.

"Strawberry Ice Cream" Mashed Taters

6 Potatoes peeled and boiled
6 cloves of crushed garlic
3/4ish cup milk (divided)
3tbs butter
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Beet juice
Salt and pepper to taste
In the same pot you cooked the potatoes in (waste not want not) melt the butter on low heat. Add the garlic, and about 1/4 cup milk, heat through. Remove from heat and mash in the potatoes, adding more milk as needed. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Add beet juice until it has reached desired coloring. This recipe is fantastic with red potatoes left unpeeled, however if you have itty bitty children in the house it's best to peel the potatoes, so that you don't have to put that Heimlich maneuver to use.

*see how splendidly that "ish" works out.

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