Marinated Lentils Are Saving My Vegetarian, Protein-Craving Soul

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Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean subsisting on steamed broccoli and bowls of pasta. In her monthly column, nearly lifelong vegetarian Sarah Jampel will tackle cooking, eating, and navigating the world meat-free—even when her grandma still doesn’t know what she makes for dinner.

As a vegetarian, I’m constantly on the lookout for easy, protein-rich accompaniments that will lend a semblance of balance to my meals and, most importantly, ward off hunger for a reasonable amount of time.

On the most desperate nights, that’s a spoonful of peanut butter or exactly seven almonds (OMG, remember the good times???). But on the best nights—and when I’ve done even minimal meal prep over the weekend—it’s a mound of marinated lentils. “Marinated lentils” is just a fancy term for cooked lentils (beluga or Le Puy) tossed with olive oil that’s been infused with all sorts of delicious spices, aromatics, seeds, and hard herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme). Claire Saffitz’s recipe takes a minimal approach—heat oil with coriander and cumin seeds for a minute—whereas Alison Roman’s Spiced Lentils with Spring Onions in Dining In pull out all the stops: The oil is heated on low for 20 to 25 minutes with coriander, fennel, and cumin seeds, red pepper flakes, and slice garlic; strips of lemon peel and scallions or spring onions are added for the last 5 minutes. You can vary the oil infusion—as spicy or herby or lemony or garlicky or seedy—as you’d like.

Marinated lentils are better than regular old boiled lentils because they, uh, taste better. (And they’re better than marinated dried beans because they cook so much faster.) I understand and abide by the concept of adding a halved onion and a couple bay leaves to the lentil cooking liquid, but it never seems to impart enough (if any) flavor. Oil, on the other hand, is a much more effective flavor-carrier: Even a couple tablespoons of infused oil will transform lentils into something I’m ready to spoon directly into my mouth, no enhancements necessary. Marinating lentils doesn’t take any additional time: Just heat the oil as the lentils cook, then toss the two together, and eat. If you have any leftovers, that’s even better: Let the lentils hang out in any extra oil and they’ll get even better in the fridge over the next few days.

So when my dinner ends up looking like a collection of what other people might call sides, I make these lentils. They’re as good on their own as they are tossed into a leafy salad, nestled onto a sweet potato, or mixed into cook grains with herbs and cheese. The added fat from the infused oil makes the lentils rich and luxurious and improves anything plain-ish that you toss with them. If I’m really on my game, I’ll double the spiced oil and keep it in a jar in the fridge, turning to it whenever I’m sautéing greens, frying eggs, roasting broccoli or squash or cherry tomatoes, stirring together a lemony yogurt sauce, or making a vinaigrette.

Now I’m really meal-planning.

Make these lentils tonight:

Marinated Lentils Are Saving My Vegetarian ProteinCraving Soul

Marinated Lentils with Crunchy Vegetables

If you’re reading this, you’re alive. But if you’re not taking advantage of nature’s most underrated legume, are you really living?

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Why saving money on food is ‘definitely a challenge’ for millennials

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When Leslie Hacker began taking a closer look at her finances recently, she noticed she was spending about $1,000 on food each month.

« It seems like a lot, but when I did the math, that’s about 35 dollars a day, which doesn’t seem that crazy anymore to be honest, » she says.

Eating out, ordering in. Throw in a bagel here, a coffee there, and it all adds up.

« It’s definitely a challenge for people my age to save on food. »

At 28, Hacker is a millennial, defined as anyone born between 1980 and 2000. Saving money is a problem for her generation and experts say a big reason is how much millennials spend on eating out and ordering in.

Hacker works in social media marketing, which makes it even harder, she says, to save on food.

« All day I’m seeing these food pictures online and I’m like, ‘I want to try this and I want to try that!' » she tells CBC Toronto.

Leslie Hacker, a millennial foodie living in Toronto, says besides convenience, food apps like UberEats and SkipTheDishes allow her to try a wide range dishes from many great restaurants in the city. (Kelda Yuen/ CBC News)

In the age of smartphones, access is easier than ever with popular food apps like UberEats and SkipTheDishes bringing a hot meal to your door in minutes.  But the convenience comes at a cost.

« There’s the delivery fee — $5.00 to $7.50, I find, is the usual delivery charge. And then you have to tip the drivers. »

Despite that, Hacker says she still uses the apps at least a few times a week because « as a single person, it’s harder to cook, I find. There’s less motivation. Maybe when I have a family, things will be different. »

Paycheque to paycheque

Jessica Moorhouse, a Toronto-based millennial money expert is noticing many of her well-paid millennial clients are living from paycheque to paycheque because they are overspending on food.

Some, like Hacker, are spending  $500 to $1,000 dollars a month.

« Most of the time when I’m talking to clients, I’m like, ‘So you’re spending $500 on eating out every month, are you happy with that?’ and most of the time they are like, ‘No! I wish I could use that money towards my emergency fund, paying off debt, or go on an amazing trip! »‘

She says the first thing she tells her clients is to track their spending for three months to identify patterns and problem areas, then they can « start taking steps to fix it. »

Moorhouse says there is no « right or wrong answer » when it comes to how much you should be spending on food, but « 10 to 20 per cent of your gross income… is a good starting point. »

Millennial money expert Jessica Moorhouse says many of her clients opt for the more expensive options of ordering in or dining out because they don’t have time to go grocery shopping and cook. (John Grierson/ CBC News)

A millennial herself, Moorhouse, 32, says she definitely notices her generation is spending more money on food than their parents, but she understands why.

« I think it’s because our lifestyles are very different. A lot of us are working full time and we have a side hustle, or we’re busy on the weekends, » she said. 

« We’re just go, go, go all the time. We’re in that crunch time in our lives whereas Gen Xers and baby boomers, the kids may be out of the house (and) they’ve got a little bit more time. »

No time to cook

« I feel like I’m always worried about not having time to cook, » 21-year-old Parnian Dolati said.

As a full-time student, Dolati says she’s often too busy for the kitchen. 

« I should be spending the money on making my own food but I don’t. »

Richard Banyard, 32, is a millennial who does cook, and says it saves him a lot of money.

He told CBC Toronto he spends about $20 to $30 on food each week, which adds up to between $80 and $120 a month.

« It’s the value of knowing how to make simple meals. I know people who don’t even know how to cook an egg. [They] don’t cook at all, so they spend most of their money on take-out. »

Finding a middle ground

For time-starved millennials who don’t have time to grocery shop or prepare food, Moorhouse suggests meal-kits as a good option to cut costs.

« That’s where those kind of delivery service meal kits come in… They do the hard lifting for you. They have all the ingredients and all you have to do is put it together. If you have 15 or 30 minutes, which everyone does, you’ll have time to make your own meal. »

And the cost?

« It’s way cheaper. For instance, with Chef’s Plate (an Etobicoke-based meal kit company), a kit starts at $8.99 (including delivery). It’s really good in terms of being a middle ground if you’re looking for something to help you with your budget, eat healthy, and help you with those time constraints. »

Hacker says she can’t see herself deleting food apps as Moorhouse suggests. But she is looking for ways to save money, such as cooking more often and dining in or ordering from less expensive restaurants. (John Grierson/ CBC News)

Hacker says she opts for the meal kit option once in a while.

 « I don’t use it every week, but I find it helps. »

She also says she is trying to cook something every other day in order to save money.

For those who really want to save though, Moorhouse suggests going cold turkey.

« Seriously, if you want to save money, delete those apps. »

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‘We tried saving as many as we could’: Truck driver hauling pigs in B.C. highway crash defends efforts

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The truck driver who was hauling a trailer full of pigs bound for a Lower Mainland slaughterhouse said Friday’s accident that killed scores of swine happened in seconds.

Allan Kielstra said he was hauling 238 pigs from Taber, Alta., to Langley when another semi passed him near a curve in the road, sparking the 1 a.m. accident near Keremeos. Kielstra said 70 pigs died because of the crash.

“A semi passed me and I didn’t even see him coming by me. But it’s a double solid line and he forced me onto the shoulder,” said Kielstra, who was hauling a specialized pig trailer.

“When I caught the shoulder, my trailer pin broke and the trailer started flipping and caused me to go into the ditch. And then the trailer flipped into the ditch.”


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Kielstra said it happened in seconds.

“You don’t hardly remember,” he said. “All I remember is going all over the place and then being parked on the road. I drove about a quarter-mile up the road and realized my trailer was gone.”

Kielstra said when he returned to the trailer, he tried pulling out as many pigs as he could, and that a rancher helped move them to a pasture.

“There were only two or three of us there, so we worked as hard as we could,” he said, “and got them out as much as we could.”

“There were some that were laying here that were stressed. But the reason they were stressed was is because they got piled up there and were possibly out of oxygen for a while. So we did whatever we could to save as many as we could.

“They were very comfortable all day. When we got them out to the pasture, we brought hay for them, we brought feed for them and they were rooting around.”


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According to Kielstra, of the 238 pigs, 60 died from suffocation while another 10 were put down.

“I worked from 1 o’clock in the morning until 7 o’clock last night,” said Kielstra. “I worked until 3 o’clock in the afternoon to get them out.”

The pigs were originally loaded in Alberta at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Kielstra said approximately 30 minutes after the accident, the RCMP were on the scene, and that two more recruits came out in the morning.

On Friday afternoon, the pigs were loaded onto another transport from Langley.

According to a brochure from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, only animals that are fit to handle the stress of transport may be loaded. For more on the CFIA and animal transport, click here, here and here.

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California vote opens the door for British Columbia to stop changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time

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Time could be ticking on a long-time tradition in British Columbia. Premier John Horgan says that if California goes ahead with sticking on permanent daylight saving time, B.C. could very well follow suit.

On Tuesday, a majority of California voters, nearly 60 per cent, voted in favour to leave the state in daylight saving time all year round.


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“There is a long way to go still but I can’t imagine British Columbia can’t go down that route if California chooses to,” said Horgan on Wednesday to Global News.

In order for the clocks to be fixed all year round two-thirds of the members of the California state legislature would have to vote in favour of the change. There would then have to be the support of a majority of the national congress to change the federal law.

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“A two-thirds vote isn’t easy to do, particularly in the United States, and then they would need approval of Congress,” Horgan said.

“It certainly speaks to how much people care about this issue. I have received tens of thousands of emails from British Columbians who want to stay on Daylight Saving time. I said last week that as long as our neighbours, trading partners are changing their clocks, we should too,” said Horgan.


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Horgan seemingly put the time change issue to bed last week when he told reporters the challenge with stopping the practice of changing the clocks was working with other jurisdictions along the west coast. Oregon and Washington had previously indicated a lack of interest in making a change.

Democratic Rep. Kansen Chu of San Jose said last month that he sponsored the California resolution after his dentist called him to complain about springing forward when clocks are moved up an hour every March. That switch takes away an hour’s sleep in the middle of the night as it shifts an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening.


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Chu said he investigated the issue further and learned the original reason for implementing Daylight Saving Time — to save energy during the First World War — no longer seemed relevant.

Chu said he also came across studies showing an increased risk of car accidents and heart attacks following the spring change when people lose an hour of sleep.

“It’s a public safety measure,” Chu said. “And I don’t know anybody who really enjoys doing this adjustment of their schedule twice a year.”

–With files from the Associated Press

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Daylight Saving Time 2018 ends this weekend. Here’s what you need to know – National

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Starting at 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks roll back one hour in most of Canada as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end for this year.

Daylight Saving Time, which begins in March every year, is a relatively recent invention: northern Ontario’s Port Arthur was the first town in Canada to start changing its clocks twice a year in 1908.


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The concept was originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but he’s widely thought to have been kidding. The idea came up again in the 1890s and started to pick up steam.

Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time, starting in 1916. It made the change as a way to cut back on coal costs. Daylight Saving wasn’t widely implemented in North America until 1966, when it was standardized in the U.S. through the Uniform Time Act.

What you should do:

Clocks go back one hour starting at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. When you get up Sunday morning, make sure to change your clocks — and especially your alarms.

Places that don’t have Daylight Saving Time:

Of course, don’t change your clocks if you’re in one of the various parts of Canada that doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time, which include:

  • Most of the province of Saskatchewan
  • Peace River Regional District, B.C.
  • Fort Nelson, B.C.
  • Creston, B.C.
  • Pickle Lake, Ont.
  • New Osnaburgh, Ont.
  • Atikokan, Ont.
  • Quebec’s north shore

These places aren’t that unique, either — much of the world doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time. Most African and Asian nations don’t have it, and even the European Union is currently considering abandoning the practice. That would leave it as an almost entirely North American quirk.

What the time change might do to you:

An extra hour of sleep sounds great, right? Unfortunately, like all time changes, it’s likely to have an impact on you.

A Global News analysis of 10 years of car accident data found that nine more pedestrians, on average, are hurt or killed in Toronto during the week following the time change. Various research studies in the U.S. suggest that this is linked to the evening rush hour suddenly going dark.


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Getting an extra hour of sleep could also trigger headaches in people who are already prone to them, according to the Canadian Headache Society. The time transition has also been linked to a slight increase in diagnoses of depression and the rate of strokes.

Slowly adjusting your bedtime over a few days, rather than all at once, can help to mitigate the negative effects of a time change, according to Stuart Fogel, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa.

—With files from Patrick Cain, Kyle Benning, Patricia Kozicka and Dani-Elle Dubé

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