If you caught my post a few weeks back you'll know that roasted beet & peach salad was my new " in thing". Sadly I'm a fickle creature & have moved on ............. red lentils are my new favourite thing!
When I was a child i was not so fickle when it came to food - my favourite foods were pretty much the same thing right the way through my childhood - I obviously had a bit of a thing for orange food - as I loved fishfingers, wotsits, raw carrots, pumpkin soup & orange juice (and also chocolate & ready brek but they're obviously not orange).
So red lentils make my inner, orange loving, child very happy - although yellow split peas or green lentils work just as well if you prefer a firmer lentil. Canned lentils work just as well if you don't have time to cook your own & are a real store cupboard essential in this house.
So on a sunday, I cook up a big batch of red lentils and a big batch of green lentils (cook as per instructions on the packet). For the green lentils I soak them for a few hours, then drain the water, rinse and boil in fresh water. With the red lentils I just rinse, then boil - no soaking.
For the red lentil salad (shown above) you will need
2/3 cup cooked red lentils
1/2 large avocado
1 carrot grated
1 tablespoon raisins
some fresh coriander (optional)
1 capful of olive oil (cap of the olive oil bottle)
1 capful of cider vinegar (cap of the cider vinegar bottle)
juice of 1 clementine (or half an orange) - this equals about 3 tablespoons fresh juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
(you can also add 1 teaspoon maple syrup if you need it a little sweeter)
whisk together & serve.
to make the salad, simply combine all the ingredients together as shown above, then pour the dressing over & voila!
mix half a jar of tomato pasta sauce into some of the cooked green lentils, heat & serve. Serve with some corn chips or crispbreads for a quick & tasty meal.
mix some coconut yogurt and curry powder or curry paste together (how strong you like it is up to you) , stir into some cooked green lentils, add a handful of frozen peas & heat up on the stove for a few minutes (or microwave if you have one - I don't) & serve with brown rice. if you can't get coconut yogurt where you live, just use coconut cream or a spoonful of the thick coconutty bit at the top of a tin of coconut milk.
THURSDAY LUNCH. mix some cooked red lentils into half a carton of carrot & coriander soup for a hearty soup that will power you through your afternoon.
FRIDAY LUNCH.................... you're on your own! X
Have a lovely week everyone.