60ml olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 head of broccoli, cut into 1cm steaks
1 large cauliflower, cut into 1cm steaks
2 red onions, cut into 8 wedges
1 onion, finely chopped
2 x 400g tins green lentils, drained and rinsed
125g low-fat hummus (houmous or hoummos)
1. Preheat oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put the harissa, oil and garlic in a bowl, season and stir to combine.
2. Spread out the broccoli, cauliflower and red onion wedges on a large baking tray. Pour over half the harissa marinade, mixing so that the veg is fully coated. Roast for 25-30 mins or until tender.
3. Meanwhile, pour the remaining marinade into a medium saucepan and add the chopped onion. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the lentils and a splash of water to loosen. Stir to coat the lentils in the marinade and simmer for 3-4 mins until heated through.
4. Put the hummus in a small bowl with 3 tbsp. water and stir until smooth.
A little about lentils!
But what are Lentils?
Lentils are thought to have originated in the East and Mediterranean areas. They have been a popular food source of our ancestors since ancient times. In fact, they’re one of the earliest domesticated crop known to man!
Lentils are high in fibre to support a healthy digestive tract and the growth of good gut bacteria. Eating lentils can help ease constipation and improve gut function.
Additionally, lentils contain a variety of important plant compounds known as phytochemicals. These compounds can help the body fight off chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Types of Lentils
Lentils are legumes that originated in Asia.
In 2400 BC, lentils were found in the burial tombs of Ancient Egyptians.
Lentils are used around the world, but they’re especially popular in Middle Eastern, Greek, French and Indian cuisines.
In the Middle East, lentils are typically prepared with onions and garlic, while in France, they’re often served with roasted meat.
In Indian cooking, lentils are made into a popular soup called dal.
Lentils are an easy to cook legume that don’t require soaking, unlike dried beans.
However, not all the recipes and food suggestions featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan