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Lentils with Nooch Crusted Tofu, Roasted Cauliflower + Yams, and Dakka

This is the part of the post where I bore you with my personal shit like my nervousness about going to the doctor for the first time other than an annual check up in 9 years; or the fact that VegKid is officially developing breasts (jesus, already?! I'm not ready!); or how about the fact that BandMan and I drove to Portland just to see the new Jimi Hendrix film; oh wait! I know you'd be super bored to know that my band is officially recording a new album; how about the fact that I made this dish for dinner yesterday which just so happens to be the celebration of my grammy's birth 81 years ago. She's been long gone for awhile but my heart aches to have her near me and I think of her nearly everyday - not just on the holidays.

See I told you, pretty boring stuff that's why I'm not going to type your eyes off about it.

Here's the part where I gush about how wonderful this Middle Eastern dish is and how you should try it...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...you should try it.



2 c cauliflower florets
2 yams, peeled and cubed

3 tbsp coconut oil 
1 block of tofu, cubed
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 tbsp tamari
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp all spice
1/2 c lentils
1 c water
1 bunch of collard greens, destemmed and thinly sliced
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
dakka, recipe below

  1. Preheat to 400
  2. Toss together the yams, cauliflower, and 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil. Put them in the oven and cook until they're tender. You'll know when they're ready.
  3. Coat the tofu with the nutritional yeast, tamari, and liquid smoke. Pop the tofu in the oven with the veggies.
  4. While you are waiting for the veggies and tofu to roast, cook your onion in the remaining coconut oil. Add the garlic and spices and give it a stir or two. Add in the lentils and water and let that simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Throw in your collard greens and let that all simmer together until the lentils and greens are tender.
  6. Remove from heat; mix in your roasted veggies and fresh lemon juice. Sprinkle with dakka and serve. 

Dakka

1/2 c cashews
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tsp cumin

salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Pop the cashews in the oven and roast them until they are golden.
  2. Do the same thing with the sesame seeds, separately.
  3. Bring together your coriander, fennel seeds, cumin, salt and pepper and dry cook them in a skillet until they are all smelly. 
  4. Throw everything in your food processor and process that shit.



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