Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great day.
I love searching through WordPress and finding wonderful recipes to try for myself, that is how I came to make these vegetarian lentil and potato balls. Lentils are a great source of protein and are known to provide a similar quality of protein to meat. They are really easy to cook and can be added to most meals keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Lentils have quite an earthy taste and can take some getting used to but when mixed with the right ingredients and flavours you can really enjoy and appreciate the taste.
I ate these lentil and potato balls inside a homemade flatbread with a basic side salad and a little sauce. As they were fried, the outside was slightly golden and crispy with a soft center. They are a great meat free alternative to meatballs and can be eaten with many foods. The recipe is pretty basic and only requires a little bit of effort to make.
Recipe: Lentil and potato balls (makes 9)
128g cooked lentils (roughly 50g uncooked)
1 small potato, grated
1 tsp tomato puree
1 tbsp plain flour
Oil, for frying
Cook the lentils according to the packets instructions and set aside. Grate the potato and squeeze out most of the excess liquid. Heat the oil in a pan.
Once everything is prepared, mix all of the ingredients together with a sprinkle of the seasonings.
Use your hands to shape them into balls and once the oil is hot place in as many balls that will fit and cook for 3-5 minutes on one side before turning over to cook for a further 3 minutes. They should look brown and crispy!
Once cooked, take out and place in a bowl covered with kitchen paper to drain of excess oil.
Hello everyone, I hope your week has been well. Today I have another quick baking recipe featuring raisins and walnuts.
These cookies taste so good!! Plus, they are light and airy. I feel like these would be perfect for gifting a friend or family member and even great for yourself if you want a little treat that’s not too sweet. I don’t usually bake with walnuts but they work really well in cookies because of how soft they are after being baked. Walnuts provide an essential fat that we need in the body, often known as a mood booster because they aid in the function and development of the central nervous system.
Walnuts also contain vitamin E, biotin and manganese. They can be added to most cakes, cookies and brownies or sprinkled over your porridge.
Recipe: Crushed walnut and raisin cookies (makes 8)
30g demerara sugar
1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey
90g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
20g walnuts, crushed
2 tbsp coconut milk
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tray with baking paper.
Mix the butter and sugar together, then add the syrup, flour and salt.
Stir in the raisins and walnuts, pour in the milk and use your hands to form a dough.
Make a log shape with the dough and slice into 8 equal sized pieces, roll into a ball and flatten out onto the tray.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until just golden and leave to cool down before eating.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, it’s vegetarian for a change and is a great side dish. These empanadas are filled with lentils, brown rice and kale, all hearty and nutritious. Although the filling is fairly healthy, it doesn’t take away from the great flavour that comes through from the rich tomato puree which really brings everything together. I do find that empanadas can be quite dry depending on how moist the filling is, so a dipping sauce, salsa or chutney would go down well.
Today I’m baking with fruits, based on a recipe I saw on the British Heart Foundation website. I’m not a massive fan of cooked fruit to be honest, so this was a little different for me but something I still liked to bake. I do enjoy apple crumble and that’s about it when it comes to fresh fruit in baking, but when I do have a crumble I’m one of those who prefers more crumble than apple. For a healthier version you could use wholemeal flour which I didn’t have at the time.
Traditionally scones are eaten with jam and clotted cream, a perfect British treat alongside a cup of tea. This recipe is great because they are nicely spiced from the cinnamon and you get a slight sweetness from the strawberries. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin K and C, helping the body to heal and keeping the cells healthy, also a great fruit to add towards your 5 a day.