Red Lentil Muffins

I believe this recipe can be adjusted to make sandwich rolls and donuts and will update accordingly in the future. When I originally baked these, I had a crowded oven and adjusted the temperature to 365F for 18 minutes. Take that into consideration when you are checking on the doneness for these.

Red Lentil Muffins

  • Servings: 22
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 16 oz dried lentils, soaked for 8hrs and rinsed twice
  • 1 cup dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ~2 tsp salt
  • Optional: spices of your choosing

Directions

  1. Soak the lentils for 4 hours in the refrigerator. Drain, rinse, and repeat.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prep muffin liners/tins for baking.
  3. After 8 hours of soaking, drain and rinse the lentils once more and add them to a food processor. Add the egg whites. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Add the cheese and pulse until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Add the vinegar, baking soda, salt, and spices via the food processor’s tube while pulsing.
  6. Add the mixture evenly to 22 muffin holes/liners. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched. Some cracking of the tops may occur from the steam.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve or store in the refrigerator.


I used Lucerne egg whites in the carton for this recipe and it came out to 18 tbsp (1 cup + 2 tbsp or 1 + 1/8 cups). The spices I used are as follows and are approximate: 1.5 tbsp caraway seeds, 0.5 tbsp smoked paprika, 1.5 tbsp rosemary, 1.5 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tbsp dried minced onion.

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Farmer’s Cheese Soufflé

Farmer's Cheese Soufflé

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 20 oz or 2.5 cups liquid egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups farmer’s cheese
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, dried
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika

Directions

  1. Add the egg whites, eggs, and cheese to a mixing bowl or large blender cup. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Stir the seasoning into the egg and cheese mixture.
  3. Grease an 8×8 baking pan and pour mixture into it.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes. Remove and cool.
  5. If needed, use a knife to pull the edges from the sides of the pan. Cut into 4 equal squares and then 8 equal triangles.

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N’Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough (Lentil)

I wanted to create a snack that was both healthy and indulgent. The result is a not-overly-sweet edible cookie dough with protein and fiber benefits added from the red lentil base and reduced fat content from avoiding nut flours. The spices, extract flavor, and mix-ins can all be swapped out to create other flavors, but keep in mind that the raisins aid in the overall sweetness of the finished product. Some adjusting may need to occur to accommodate.

This makes a total of 3 cups of cookie dough which comes out to 12 servings at 1/4 cup each. The nutrition facts are as accurate as I could get them since the lentils ingredient was a generic “cooked lentils” as opposed to specifying red lentils. I used Elmhurst cashew milk for this recipe. You may sub 1+1/2 tsp of cinnamon for the spices above if you wish, but I cannot have cinnamon.

N'Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough (Lentil)

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups red lentils, cooked
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp nut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp corriander
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup coconut, shredded & unsweetened

Directions

  1. Soak a 16oz bag of red lentils overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the lentils and place them into the InstaPot liner with just enough water to cover them.
  3. Pressure cook on high for 22 minutes and allow to sit and naturally release before removing the liner.
  4. Once the lentils are done, remove from the liner from the InstaPot and stir it well until it becomes a thick lentil paste.
  5. Remove 2 cups of the lentil paste (aka cooked lentils) and add to a mixing bowl.
  6. Add the coconut oil, nut milk, extract, and honey and mix well. Add the spices, salt, and sifted coconut flour. Mix very well and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the raisins and shredded coconut and mix well.
  8. Store in a container in the fridge for a few hours until it firms up.
  9. Grab a spoon and enjoy.


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Sage Raisin Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs (right side of the image above) are going to pair well with an earthy, salty sauce. I personally wouldn’t add them to a tomato-based sauce. I think they could even do well with an alfredo-inspired sauce. I did not take structured notes for the sauce I made, but I basically just blended some veggies together. Here is what I can tell you about the sauce I made for them: 1 large celery bunch, 40oz mushrooms, 10oz broccoli, 1lb small yellow onions, parsley, rosemary, and thyme; pressure cooked for 15 minutes with 1.5 to 2 cups of water; added fresh chopped sage, salt, cumin, and olive oil before blending smooth with an immersion blender; next time I would make only half of what I ended up with and exclude the broccoli due to the ugly color result.

Also pictured above, to the left, are my Asian Beef Balls.

Sage Raisin Chicken Meatballs

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp lentil flour
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sage leaves, chopped
  • 6 tbsp grated peccorino romani
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Form 12 meatballs and place them onto a baking sheet. I use a silicone baking mat, but you may line yours with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375F.
  4. Remove and enjoy or toss into a sauce.


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Asian Beef Balls

I was able to write down an accurate recipe for the meatballs, but the sauce and rest of the meal was from the heart (aka no notes). Here’s some of the details for those comfortable without recipes: 3 diced bell peppers (red, orange, and yellow), 1 bag of bok choy, chopped ginger root, diced shallots, coconut manna, olive oil, honey, lentil flour, the juice of 2 large navel oranges, thyme, salt, and garlic powder.

Asian Beef Balls

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, grated
  • 6 tbsp diced shallots
  • 1 tbsp lentil flour
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Form 12 meatballs and place them onto a baking sheet. I use a silicone baking mat, but you may line yours with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375F.
  4. Remove and enjoy or toss into a sauce.


I used 95% lean beef which is why I added the olive oil. If you use 80% or less, you may exclude the olive oil.

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Banana Cheesecake Pudding

There are two methods for this and both are easy. One uses honey and vanilla to sweeten and the other uses fruit juice. If you come up with any additional methods, please feel free to share. My preference is the honey and vanilla version.

Update: I think the next time I make this, I will add a tsp of lemon juice to try to see if I can prevent the discoloration from the bananas.

Banana Cheesecake Pudding (Honey)

  • Servings: 6 x 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 2.25 tsp (0.25 oz) gelatin
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7.5 oz farmer’s cheese
  • 3 ripe bananas

Directions

  1. Place half of the nut milk into a bowl with the gelatin to allow it to bloom. Heat the other half of the nut milk in a pan.
  2. Whisk the separated nut milks together to dissolve the gelatin. Add the honey and vanilla extract and whisk well until dissolved.
  3. Add everything to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a container and cover. Allow to set for 4 to 8 hours in the fridge.

I used Elmhurst unsweetened cashew milk, Friendship Dairies farmer’s cheese, Simply Organic vanilla extract, and Great Lakes gelatin.

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Banana Cheesecake Pudding (Juice)

  • Servings: 6 x 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1/2 cup juice
  • 2.25 tsp (0.25 oz) gelatin
  • 7.5 oz farmer’s cheese
  • 3 ripe bananas

Directions

  1. Place half of the liquid into a bowl with the gelatin to allow it to bloom. Heat the other half of the liquid in a pan.
  2. Whisk the separated liquids together to dissolve the gelatin.
  3. Add everything to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a container and cover. Allow to set for 4 to 8 hours in the fridge.

I used Elmhurst unsweetened cashew milk, Friendship Dairies farmer’s cheese, Cere’s tropical juice blend, and Great Lakes gelatin.

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Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Crustless Quiche

You can find my caramelized onion recipe here: Caramelized Onions.

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Crustless Quiche

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup caramelized onions, cooked & cooled
  • 1 cup mushrooms, cooked/drained & cooled
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped
  • salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Line a standard sized muffin pan and preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  2. Whisk the eggs and yogurt together well. Add the cheese and whisk until blended. Add in the onions, mushrooms, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well – as spoon or whisk may be used here.
  3. Fill the muffin slots with the quiche mix.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the centers are baked through and there’s light browning on the tops.


Here is what I specifically used for this recipe: silpat muffin mold (no liner needed), 8 month intense manchego cheese (small dice), and simply organic dried thyme. A combination of shallots and onions may be used here as well.

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Bacon and Spinach Crustless Quiche

Bacon & Spinach Crustless Quiche

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped bacon, cooked & cooled
  • 1 cup spinach, cooked & cooled
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Line a standard sized muffin pan and preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  2. Whisk the eggs and yogurt together well. Add the cheese and whisk until blended. Add in the bacon, spinach, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper and mix well – as spoon or whisk may be used here.
  3. Fill the muffin slots with the quiche mix.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the centers are baked through and there’s light browning on the tops.

Here is what I specifically used for this recipe: silpat muffin mold (no liner needed), kasseri cheese (small dice), turkey bacon, fresh spinach, and frontier co-op smoked paprika.

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Gnocchi (Red Lentil Flour)

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Gnocchi (Red Lentil Flour)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 15 oz dry curd cottage cheese
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp Wellbee’s red lentil flour
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated pecorino cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Black pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the yolks to the dry curd cottage cheese and stir briefly to combine. Add in the flour, grated cheese, and salt (other seasonings added here). Stir until evenly combined, but avoid over-mixing. The dough will be moist and maybe a bit sticky, but it should be holding together well. If it feels too wet, just add in a little flour until it has the correct consistency. Think: playdough.
  3. Roll out and cut the dough by sectioning out 4 equal portions. Using a knife or a bench scraper. Using your hands, gently roll out each wedge out into an even log, approximately 3/4-inch wide. Cut each log into individual bite-sized little gnocchi squares. Lightly dust the gnocchi with flour once more and give them a quick toss so that they are all lightly coated with flour. (Prevents sticking).
  4. Boiled Gnocchi: Carefully transfer the gnocchi to the boiling water to cook. Remove once they float – usually after 30 seconds or so – and drain the gnocchi. Fried Gnocchi: place the gnocchi into a pan with hot canola oil. Allow to brown all over (mix around if needed) and remove to a dish with papertowels. These are more like a tater tot or cheese puff.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately, tossed with your favorite sauce and whatever other ingredients sound good!

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Chicken Patties (SCD)

Chicken Patties (SCD)

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken, ground
  • 1 egg, large
  • 2-3 tbsp farmer’s cheese
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup cashew flour
  • 1 tbsp mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • seasonings: salt, basil, paprika, sage, etc.

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Form 8 patties.
  3. Bake Method: Bake the patties for ~15 minutes at 375F. Flip to the other side, lower the temp to 350F and baked for 8-10 minutes. Take out to add sauce and cheese and place in the broiler for about 5-10 minutes. Fry Method: Fry the patties in canola oil covering up to half of the pattie. Flip once the bottom is browned. Optional for fried version: Lay onto a baking sheet and top with sauce and cheese and broil until the cheese is melted.
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