Green Lentils

These little lentils are fantastic and are packed full of the good stuff.  They have a kind of 'meatier' texture than the red lentils and so are great for a different consistency.  Here are a few tried and tested recipes that are very tasty and you won't miss the meat from these.

Meatless meatballs

Served here with pasta, pesto, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

This recipe makes around 17 meatballs which, if you can't eat all at once, will freeze well.

100gs green lentils

35gs cashew nuts

200gs mushrooms

oil for baking

1/2 large onion (finely chopped)

3 garlic cloves (minced)

zest of 1 lemon

handful of fresh parsley chopped

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of chill flakes or chilli powder

black pepper to taste

1 egg

2 cups of breadcrumbs

6 tablespoons of flour (I used gluten free here but use whatever you have, you may have to use a bit more/less depending)
 

1. Rinse your lentils, put in a pot and cover with water, bring to boil then simmer for around 25 mins. Drain and cool.

2. Whilst that's happening, fry your onion and garlic for around 5 mins. 

3. Blitz your cashew nuts and mushrooms in food processor and then put into a large bowl. 

4. Add your lemon zest, garlic, onion, herbs and seasoning, egg, breadcrumbs and mix up. 

5. Once your lentils have cooled, add them into the mixture as well and shape into little balls. You may need to add a bit more flour and breadcrumbs until they stick together.

6. Pop in the fridge for a few hours on the freezer for 1/2 hour if don't have the time. 

7. Put a bit of oil in a baking tray and put oven on at 180 degrees.

8. Once hot put your meatballs on the tray and bake for around 30 mins, turning halfway through. 

SPICY GREEN LENTIL BURGERS

Makes around 6-8 burgers

1 cup of green lentls
1/2 chopped onion
1 chilli chopped
3/4 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds or similar
1 egg
3/4 cups of breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons of soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoons of paprika
a thumb sized piece of ginger chopped up
chilli flakes (to taste)
salt and pepper
oil for frying burgers

 

1.Put 2 cups of water and the lentils in a pan and bring to boil then turn down heat and simmer for about 20 mins.
2. Drain liquid off and set aside.
3. Add your onion, sunflower seeds, soy sauce, paprika, ginger, chilli, chilli flakes and salt and pepper into a food processor and pulse until blended.
4. In a large bowl add your lentils, oats, breadcrumbs and everything from your food processor in and mix together.
5. Shape in burger patties, if you are finding it is a bit wet the mixture, add some more rolled oats or breadcrumbs until sticks.
6. Pop in the fridge to set for about 1/2 or or so and then fry in a frying pan with a little oil until cooked on both sides.

 

We had these on the BBQ and they turned out great.