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Whole Wheat Couscous Lentil Potato Combo


couscous lentil potato one-potOK, so the picture is not so great. But I made this dish today on the fly, and it turned out pretty good. The kids even liked it.

I had cooked some lentils earlier in the day to feed to the dogs, and I had a bunch left over. And the other day, I had picked up some Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous at a discount. Right away, I had thought that lentils would pair well with the couscous. When I went to put a meal together this evening, I thought,
What would help to make this dish a little heartier? And that’s when I decided on the potatoes and sweet potatoes. Here’s the rough list of ingredients and sketchy directions. {BTW, I chose the spices by adapting the Lentil-Coconut Curry recipe from Blissful Bites to the ingredients I had on hand}.

Whole Wheat Couscous Lentil Potato Combo


  • Coconut oil (for sauteing)
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • Spices: 1 T curry powder, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp turmeric, 2 T Braggs, salt
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup dried coconut shreds
  • 1 cup dry brown lentils, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups dry couscous, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 Russet potatoes, steamed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, steamed
Saute the onion with the celery, spices, and 1 cup water. Add the lentils, corn, and coconut. Cook for a few minutes. Gently combine the couscous and potatoes into the lentil mixture. {I think the key to making sure this dish isn’t mushy, is to cook the major ingredients separately and combine at the end.} Season and enjoy!

Kids camp, rainy days, and feel-good foodie movies


I helped out with the KPOV Kids Radio Camp this morning. It was tiring, but only 3 hours, and it was fun to meet and interact with kids in the general age-group of 10-12 and from schools all over the Bend area. There were about 10 kids, including my twins. It was a rambunctious and restless crowd, especially as this was their 5th morning at the station, but we managed to prepare and record a couple of different pieces that will be edited into a one-hour show that will air on KPOV.

This afternoon I dropped the twins off at the pool for a few hours while I took care of some annoying errands. I managed to get the kids there 3 afternoons this week, since it was spring break. They like it and it was good to keep them occupied.

This evening, my older stepdaughter and I cooked and baked. It’s been a couple of rainy and stormy days, so it seemed like the thing to do. I put together a crock-pot bean soup (the beans had been soaking for a day and a half at least, so hopefully they won’t take forever to cook). She made pizza, banana bread, and coconut cream pie! The pie is so good.

I also dropped my younger stepdaughter off at the roller rink to meet some friends for a few hours. That gave me flashbacks, because we used to do the same thing when I was her age. Weird that it’s popular again; at least it’s in a different place than we used to go to. The building that used to be just a roller rink when I was a kid is now a music venue (but can also host roller derby).

Late tonight, I needed a brain dump. So I picked a happy comedy on Netflix. Since Netflix rarely has any recent movies that I want to watch instantly, and I don’t enjoy crime dramas or comedies, I’ve barely been in there this year. But I watched Today’s Special and it was just right for my mood. IMDB describes it as a “super-feel-good foodie comedy,” and I can’t disagree. It stars Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show. I thought the writing was pretty good and it made me laugh out loud in a few places, which was all I was hoping for.

Sesame Peanut Coconut Collard Greens

Sesame Peanut Coconut Collard Greens

More and more, I’m feeling comfortable straying far from a recipe and substituting all kinds of ingredients. It was bound to happen sooner or later after cooking most of our meals at home over the last several years. Here is the quick dinner I made for myself this evening. It was loosely inspired by the Gingered Collard Greens recipe in The 30 Minute Vegan, but only in the sesame and ginger sense. I was already planning to prepare collards, but I might not have thought to use toasted sesame oil, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Also, I was out of fresh ginger, but the powdered worked just fine.

Sesame Peanut Coconut Collard Greens


  • 1 tsp to 1 T toasted sesame oil, just enough to sauté with
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp or so salt
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • Several large collard leaves, deribbed and cut into small strips
  • 2 T coconut milk
  • 1 T peanut butter or other nut butter
  • Sesame seeds, toasted
  • Sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • Sriracha sauce, for garnish

Dry sauté the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until they are browned and fragrant. Set aside.

Sauté the garlic, jalapeno, salt, and ginger powder over medium heat until the garlic is browned. Add the collards and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently until they are wilted but still bright green. Add the coconut milk and peanut butter. Cook for a few minutes, until the peanut butter is well dissolved. Stir in the toasted seeds and serve on a bed of brown rice. Drizzle with Sriracha, because Sriracha is good on just about everything.

Sapolsky, Bonobos, More Sexy Baboon Biologist, Rhyming Events, Light Boxes, and Trader Joes… My blog’s top 20 search terms of all time


I’ve been in a stats mood the last few days. It’s fun to take a look behind the scenes once in a while, even on a low-traffic personal blog. As I mentioned yesterday when I shared the top 20 most visited posts from my site, I’ve been blogging (nearly) daily for about 8 months.

Robert Sapolsky & Baboon Friend

Robert Sapolsky & Baboon Friend

Here are the top 20 search terms that people used to get to my blog, Memory Monster. Who knew that Robert Sapolsky was so popular? I mean, he is kind of a sexy baboon biologist, and he writes well and is really funny, but 75%?! Yes, searches on his name account for about 75% of my blog traffic, if these WordPress stats are to be believed. One of my three posts that mention him is the most visited post on my site, the other two are in the top 20 here, and here.




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