Black Lentil and Couscous Salad: An Outstanding Cook This…Get Laid Meal

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Cooking a meal for her is not a guarantee to getting to the top of Cook This…Get Laid chart. But it’s a start.

I get plenty of questions and commentary from Twitter.  Most of it is positive, others turn their nose up at the thought of food and seduction, and the remaining 33% have questions.  Like my new Twitter friend/follower from Budapest @ThumbsUpHostel.  He jumped right in and wanted to know more, but he had a specific inquiry about Cook This…Get Laid.

The conversation went like this:

“@CookThisGetLaid, OK, so if I invite a girl over and cook her one of your recipes, chances are she stays the night?”

I replied, “@ThumbsUpHostel, the possibilities are endless.”

“@CookThisGetLaid Alright, so which of your dishes works best?”

I’m here to teach, and he seems willing to learn.  The answer isn’t as simple as you may think ThumpsUp.  There’s no one-size fits all approach.  Just think about it for a bit, how could I possibly tell you which dish to cook for a woman, when I have no idea what she likes?

Let’s start right there: what does she like?  Some women like chicken, others love pasta, I love roasted root vegetables on a winter night.  And where does she like to eat?  I have a friend whose husband serves her food in bed.  My buddy serves his girlfriend on the outdoor patio where she can see the stars.  My husband once surprised me with an indoor picnic because of impeding rain.  (He remembered that I love picnics.) All of us love these gestures, but there’s one common denominator:  THEY ASKED WHAT WE LIKE.

And the men listened.

I’ll put it this way, would you make a sirloin steak for a vegetarian?

It’s no different than inside the bedroom, what’s sexy for one woman turns another off.  Making blanket assumptions will keep her from being under that proverbial blanket.

You might be surprised at the response you get when asking her, “What do you like?”  You gain points by making our needs/wants a priority.  We’re just not used to hearing this question from men in general.  So make yourself stand out from the pack. She’ll be happier when the meal is healthy, so I’ve included a recipe from the wonderful food bloggers The Duo Dishes.  Their Black Lentil and Couscous Salad is a delicious, healthy and easy recipe.

The buck does not stop here.  Simply cooking one meal for her doesn’t seal the deal.  There’s another blog post that’ll help get you towards getting her to spend the night.  And it has everything to do with how you keep house.  Stay tuned for part two of how to implement Cook This…Get Laid.

Thanks again Chrystal and Amir!

And @ThumbsUpHostel, invite me to your wedding.

Black Lentil Cous Cous Salad

Black Lentil and Couscous Salad
Graciously provided by The Duo Dishes

  • 2 cups couscous, cooked
  • 2 cups black lentils, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup almond flakes, toasted
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 ounces feta

Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest and juice and honey. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Drizzle the dressing on top, toss and serve.  Seriously, that’s IT.

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6 Responses to Black Lentil and Couscous Salad: An Outstanding Cook This…Get Laid Meal

  1. Mmmmmm that lentil salad looks lovely! Great site Mona – totally original, well written and quirky – love it!!!

  2. Mari Okazaki says:

    Thank you for sharing! Now how do I make my husband cook this delicious meal…

  3. Hi Mona! I’ve never put black lentils in a salad. Any suggestions about how to get the lentils tender but not mushy–water to lentil ratio and how long to cook them? Looks decicious!

    • Mona says:

      Lentils cook pretty quickly. But they do need some extra steps to make sure they come out delicious. 1.) Spread lentils on a single layer on a white kitchen towel. Check for any dirt, tiny stones, or damaged lentils. 3.) Then place them in a strainer and rinse thoroughly under cold water. 4.) They are ready to cook!

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      • Mona says:

        Use 1 1/2 cups of water or broth to 1 cup of lentils. (Thanks for reminding me to include this tip!)