Featured Foodie Friday: QlinArt

Just a quick Hawaii update before I introduce our awesome guest blogger for today. I have finally moved in and (I think) got everything I need- i.e. bedding, my sweet air mattress, a bike, a surfboard, staples- after spending almost all the money I had to get me on my feet. Keep your fingers crossed for my stage at Morimoto Waikiki tomorrow night! It is so great here, everyone seems super nice and the weather WAY beats Colorado’s freezing winter! Although I will admit I’ve got quite the sunburn at the moment, that’s OK though. As for our guest blogger today, I would like to introduce you to Quynh from QlinArt whose blog is perfect for today, because much of the food here in Hawaii also has a lot of Asian influence. She has quite a cool background and not-to-mention awesome photography, so check her out:

Spicy, Creamy Green Lentil Casserole

Born to Vietnamese parents in a small suburb of Paris, Maisons-Alfort, France, I now reside in Montreal, Canada, where I developed my passion for cooking through my blog entitled QlinArt – The Art of Cooking for People on the Go.  QlinArt focuses mainly on East Asian cuisine with a modern twist.
Having graduated from engineering school and travelled around the world in Europe, Asia and the Americas, I continue to enjoy savoring, tasting and cooking delectable various local dishes. Since I moved out on my own several years back, I was very quickly sold out on the idea to take on an authentic culinary adventure and explore new flavours and aromas.
The more I cook different types of dishes, the more I realize that one of my hidden pleasures and talents is not only to eat but to cook delicious exotic foods. Often I tell myself, if time permitted, I would most likely become the best cordon bleu in the world! That’s because my re-awakened passion in food moved me to be so dedicated in the art of cooking.
Cutting down on red meat is not easy for anyone who has grown up in a household where meat was eaten on a daily basis. At least, it hasn’t been an easy task for me when I started reducing my red meat intake just about 3 years ago.  In fact, I felt it was merely impossible to achieve that goal and that I’d keep that unhealthy eating habit for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I discovered a handful of mouth-watering and tasty recipes that helped me move away gradually from red meat.  With time and patience, my body started to embrace the newly found foods that were just as nutritious and protein-packed as a good slab of beef steak. I can even add that I now crave fish and legumes such as beans, chick peas and lentils more than I crave meat.  The key to making a fish or vegetarian dish hearty, tasty and satisfying is to add richness to it.   This green lentil recipe is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes because it is packed with protein and is full of flavour.  To add more kick, I used easy-to-find spices, a splash of cream and a spoonful of red hot chili paste.
Because of its simplicity, it’s a great meal to prepare on a weeknight.
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Spicy Creamy Green Lentil Casserole
Recipe type: Vegetarian
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Serves: 4
  • 19 oz pre-cooked canned green lentils (unsalted if available) or 3 cups dry green lentils cooked in 6 cups boiling water for about 15 minutes
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp red chill paste
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground Garam Masala
  • ¼ cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (I used 15% cream)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic butter (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful of freshly chopped coriander to garnish
  1. Heat large sauce pan on medium high and add olive oil.
  2. Stir in immediately the tomato paste, chili paste, ground turmeric, ground Garam Masala for about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the garlic for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the lentils and stir well for about 3 minute.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock and stir for about 30 seconds.
  6. Turn off heat, pour in the cream and stir for about 1 minute, cover and let it sit.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).
  8. Sprinkle chopped coriander.
  9. Serve hot with steamed white Basmati rice.
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19 Responses to Featured Foodie Friday: QlinArt

  1. Curt says:

    Mmmm, I love lentils. These sound nice and spicy!

  2. Kiri W. says:

    I’ve never had a lentil casserole! I love, love love lentils, however, and have not met a lentil dish I’ve disliked in my life, so this looks both incredibly mouthwatering and intriguing. Can’t wait to try this out soon!

  3. Maureen says:

    This looks so good! I really like lentils and have never done a dish like this before. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Susie says:

    I really like lentils and have been trying to cook with them more often. This dish looks fantastic.

  5. Eliot says:

    This sounds (and looks) wonderful. I think lentils are often overlooked. Enjoy that weather!

  6. Oh how neat! I love lentils but I havent cooked with them yet. I need to try this. Great recipe!

  7. Nice recipe. I like the spice mix.

  8. Clarion says:

    Looks like beautiful comfort food…thanks for sharing!

  9. QlinArt says:

    Thank you so much. Let me know how it goes. It’s so easy you can prepare blind-folded. :)

  10. QlinArt says:

    Glad you like it. It’s a healthy dish with all its richness. so, yeah, tasty.

  11. QinArt says:

    Please do! It’s so easy, I encourage it and promise you’ll love it. Let me know if you do. :)

  12. QlinArt says:

    You’re welcome!

  13. QlinArt says:

    Totally agree that lentils are overlooked or under-rated. Thanks for the great comment!

  14. QlinArt says:

    Glad you like it. Let me know how it turns or turned out!

  15. QlinArt says:

    Thanks! They are spicy, and rich.

  16. QlinArt says:

    The spices do make a different, in any recipe. Glad you like it!

  17. QlinArt says:

    Do let me know if you try it and how it turned out. It’s so easy!

  18. Anne says:

    Great recipe, and good article. Really enjoyed the read. I love my red meat, but like you are working to eat less of it. This recipe looks delicious, and I want to give it a try. Thanks!