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Sunday, 22 January 2017
Cheesy lentil bake (vegan)
vegan mozzarella on top, if I had time.
Becca praised it as a favourite meal of hers.
I am sending this to Meat Free Mondays and Gluten Free Fridays.
More comforting vegan oven bakes from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Bubble and squeak frittata (gf, v)
Lentil and mushroom nut roast (v)
Shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash (gf, v)
Smoky apple baked beans (gf, v)
Spaghetti pie (v)
Cheesy Lentil Bake
Adapted from Amuse Your Bouche
1/2 cup red lentils
1/4 cup white rice (I used basmati)
1 1/2 tsp stock powder
1 tbsp oil
1 small leek or onion, diced
1 red capsicum, diced*
1 courgette (zucchini), diced*
100g firm tofu, chopped small*
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp seeded mustard
100g sliced or grated cheddar cheese*
sesame seeds, for sprinkling
Place lentils, rice and stock powder into largish saucepan with 2 and 1/2 cups of water and cover. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked. After 10 minutes remove lid and stir every now and again to stop it sticking. Once cooked, remove from heat and keep stirring regularly to let it thicken into a porridge texture. Set aside.
While lentils and rice are cooking, fry the onion, capsicum, tofu and courgette (or vegetables of choice) in the oil for about 10 minutes on medium heat until softened. Stir in smoked paprika and seeded mustard. Remove from heat. Check and adjust seasoning.
Mix lentil mixture with the vegetables. Place half in medium casserole dish (no greasing necessary), layer with half the cheese and repeat the layers of lentil mixture and cheese on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 200 C for 25-30 minutes.
*NOTES: You can use other vegetables instead of the vegies and tofu I used. Grated carrot, chopped mushrooms, green peas, corn, roasted pumpkin or roasted sweet potato. I used biocheese (which I think is like violife cheese) so it was vegan. In future I think I might like to try this vegan mozzarella on top but the biocheese in the middle as biocheese does not melt well on top because it dried out too much. Regular grated cheese would work here too.
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