I was a vegetarian for a good chunk of my life. This was a staple meal for me back then and still features regularly now, 20 years on. It is a cost effective, easy to prepare vegetarian meal and one of my go-to meals when time and supplies are low.
Why is it healthy?
Lentils are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian source of protein. Combined with the assortment of vegetables, spices and stock, this a complete, nourishing meal.
1 large onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 medium sized carrots, diced
1 medium sized zucchini, diced
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 cup diced mushrooms
2 cups cooked brown lentils (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
425g can diced tomatoes
250ml (1 cup) vegetable stock (preferably home-made)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Good pinch sea salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon corn flour
5-6 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-2cm cubes
Handful grated parmesan (optional)
Handful sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds (optional)
Note – you can top with traditional mashed potato if you like. I’m a lazy, time-poor cook and always looking for shortcuts in the kitchen (and ways to reduce washing up)! This is one saves time and washing, but I don’t think alters the taste too much – in fact, I love the crispy baked spuds on top.
Immediately or can be frozen in portions
Different pie top
You can also top the pie with sweet potato, cauliflower pieces or cauliflower mash.
Omit the cheese.
If you aren’t vegetarian and looking to include bone broth in your diet, substitute the vegetable stock with bone broth.
I think brown lentils and bacon is a match made in heaven. So if you please, add 4 rashers of nitrate free bacon with the onion.
Fussy eater tip
Grate the vegetables so they sit behind the lentil/tomatoes.
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