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No Croutons Required – Lentils

Uncategorized | August 13, 2011 | By

I’ve looked at the ‘No Croutons Required’ challenge on Jac’s Tinned Tomatoes blog before, but never got around to making anything for it. 

When I saw that the August ingredient was lentils, I thought I would give it a go.  The other stipulation is that it should be suitable for vegetarians.  I had a bit of an internet search and found THIS recipe for Warm Pea and Lentil Salad on the Delicious Magazine website.

According to the website it is a recipe from Nigel Slater’s ‘Real Fast Food’, a book I used to own but never really got to grips with, probably because of the dearth of pictures!  I couldn’t leave it alone though …

I cooked up some brown rice as well as the lentils, added a red and a green pepper, a couple of tomatoes as well as the the peas and onions in the original recipe.   It would also be nice with some chopped mint through it or some feta cheese cubes. 
So that’s the end of the vegetarian bit for the challenge but, for the carnivores amongst you, I added some cubes of cooked ham (look away Jac!).  It was delicious with or without the meat and I’ll definitely be making it again.
  1. Kate@katescakesandbakes
    August 13, 2011

    Hiya Janice, I know exactly what you mean about Nigel's book- without pictures I find it hard to imagine what the dish will look like and perhaps am less likely to feel the urge to make it. This looks great though- I'll definitely be looking it up!

  2. C
    August 13, 2011

    Looks lovely – rice and lentils seem to be natural partners don't they. I like the addition of all of the different colourful veggies, yum!

    I have to confess that I prefer my cookery books with pictures in them too – I need something to aim for!

  3. Karen S Booth
    August 13, 2011

    That looks amazing, I love lentils and cook with them a lot, maybe I should have a go at the No Croutons required challenge!

  4. Janice
    August 13, 2011

    Kate & C – glad to hear I'm not the only one who needs the pictures!

    Karen – yes please do!

  5. Chele
    August 14, 2011

    Think I actually prefer the veggie version but then I only eat fish and poultry … Hubby on the other hand is a lot more adventurous with his meat. Love the colours in the dish, reminds me of Christmas ;0)

  6. Corina
    August 14, 2011

    Looks delicious – I'm sure it would be lovely cold too. I look at all salads at the moment thinking about whether I could use them as a packed lunch too!

  7. Choclette
    August 19, 2011

    It sounds delicious indeed, but I'll take the meatless version please.

  8. Claire
    August 21, 2011

    That looks to colourful and inviting.

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