Sunday, 11 November 2012

Easy Lentil Bake

Lentils are a very nutritious and grow in pods like other legumes. Lentils are grown widely throughout the Meditteranean and can be red, green, brown or black. The plants frow to about 33cm high and are relatively drought tolerant. Lentil bake is easy to make, very delicious and very rich in protein which accounts for about 30% of their weight  Also rich in iron, zinc, folate and thiamine.

Ingredients:

1.   250g red lentils
2.   2 medium sized onions chopped finely
3.   2 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
4.   2 courgettes sliced thinly
5.   Olive oil for frying vegetables.
6.   Salt and pepper to taste
7.   2 teaspoons of basil
8.   2 eggs beaten
9.   125g of rolled oats
10. 80g of grated hellim or halloumi
11. 1 thinly sliced tomato

Method:

1. Cover lentils with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes
2. Heat olive oil and cook onions, garlic and courgettes until softened.
3. Add salt, pepper and basil to vegetables.
4. Drain any surplus liquid from lentils and stir into vegetables.
5. Stir in oats, beaten eggs and 3/4 of the grated hellim/halloumi
6. Place mixture into and ovenproof dish
7. Sprinkle with the remaining hellim and decorate with sliced tomatoes.
8. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 190c for 30minutes.

Serve with potato wedges and a green salad.