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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Yummy lunch for one

The recipe here serves one, since I work alone out of my house. It can be tricky creating meals for one person. I think a lot of people wind up spending too much on food because they rely on single serving convenience foods.

I've worked out several no-fuss meals that utilize fresh ingredients that can be kept on-hand. Feel free to multiply as needed for guests. Labneh is yogurt cheese. It's really versatile and easy to make.

Veggie and Labnah Wraps

flat bread
about half a dozen thin slices of cucumber
one thinly sliced bok choi leaf and stalk
one thinly sliced mushroom
one thinly sliced green onion
a few slices very sharp cheddar
a good dollop of labneh (recipe below)
drizzle of lemon juice
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil


Pop the flat bread in the toaster over topped with the cheddar and heat just until the cheese is melted. Spread on the labneh and your veggies. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over all.



Labneh

plain yogurt
funnel
coffee filter or paper towel
drinking glass


Place the funnel in the drinking glass and fold the filter so it will make a cone in the funnel. Fill it with as much yogurt as it will hold and drain for a few hours. I usually do this on the counter, but you can leave it in the fridge if leaving dairy products out seems to risky to you.

After a few hours, the yogurt will have a consistency about that of ricotta cheese, and whey collected below. The whey can be used in smoothies, as part of the soaking liquid for beans, or as liquid in breadmaking.

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