Lentil and Potato Balls

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)

Ingredients

128g cooked lentils (roughly 50g uncooked)

1 small potato, grated

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Tumeric

Garlic powder

1 tsp tomato puree

1 tbsp plain flour

Oil, for frying

Method

  • 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.

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Recipe inspiration for The Kampala Notebook.

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Crushed Walnut and Raisin Cookies

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)

Ingredients

40g butter

30g demerara sugar

1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey

90g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

20g raisins

20g walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp coconut milk

Method

  • 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.

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Rice and Lentil Empanadas

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

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.

Recipe: Rice and lentil emapanadas (makes 6)

Ingredients

45g brown rice, cooked

95g lentils, cooked

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp tumeric

1/2 paprika

1 tbsp tomato puree

1/2 tsp oregano

Pinch of salt and pepper

Use my empanada pastry recipe <<

Use my kale pesto recipe <<

Method

  • Separately cook the rice and lentils according to the packet instructions.
  • Add both to a bowl along with the other ingredients and mix everything together until well combined.
  • Set aside to cool and down and preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and lightly oil a baking tray.
  • Roll out the dough and use a 3 inch cutter to make the pastry shapes.
  • Spoon 1 tbsp of the rice and lentil mixture onto half of the pastry, then 1 tsp of the kale pesto recipe on top.
  • Fold the pastry over the top and crimp the edges using your fingers to secure the empanada.
  • Repeat the above step until all of the filling is used up.
  • Place each empanada onto the prepared tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the top is slightly golden.

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*recipe inspired by Greg Nelson Cooks*

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Strawberry Scones

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoy today’s post.

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.

If you do like fruit in your bakes I have recently made Apple Crumble Muffins and Carrot, Apple and Chia Seed Muffins so do check them out 🙂

Recipe: Strawberry scones (makes 2)

Ingredients

67g self raising flour

1/3 tsp baking powder

1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

13g butter

8g caster sugar

40g fresh strawberries, sliced

2 tbsp milk, plus extra for glazing the top.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl, rub in the butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Next stir in the sugar, strawberries and milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough.
  • You may want to add a little more flour at this point, but on a lightly floured surface knead out the dough for a couple of minutes and divide into 2 portions.
  • Shape into a circle, place on the baking tray and brush with milk.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and place on a wire rack to cool down before eating.

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This recipe was inspired from https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating/recipe-finder/fresh-strawberry-scones