Tuesday, November 25, 2008

lentil and spinach pate

This is dead good with pita or salads. The lentil/green food combo means it's great food when you're training.

You need:

*150g or 1 cup red lentils
*1 onion
*200g frozen spinach
*50g or half a cup of porridge oats
*300ml water
*1 clove crushed garlic
*3tsp tyme
*3tsp sage
*2tsp cider vinegar
*1 drizzle of olive oil
*2 tbs miso (try marmite if you haven't any)

Easy. Put the lentils, garlic, herbs, vinegar and miso in a bowl. Pour in approximately 300ml of boiling water, sir very well and leave to soak for a while (half an hour should do). While this is going on, skin and roughly chop the onion. Put it on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Put it in the oven or under the grill until soft.

Bung your soaked lentils, herbs and accompanying water in a pan and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 10 or 15 minutes until the lentils are tender adding more water when required. Add the frozen spinach and cook for a few minutes more.

Then add the roasted onion and oats. The oats will thicken the mixture and allow it to set. Keep the mixture simmering and add a few at a time until it becomes nice and gloopy.

Let it cool for a bit and put it into a blender. Give it a whiz and smooth it out in a shallow dish and put it in the fridge when it's cool enough. These proportions will also allow you plenty for the freezer.

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