Veggie lentil nuggets

People who know me know that I’m not a fan of lentils, beans or pulses. Which can make finding new recipes tricky, but I’m always willing to try something new. I was looking for recipes for my son to get him eating something different to plain pasta and ham, when I came across this recipe on My fussy eater’s website.

I use whatever colour lentils I happen to have in the house, and soak them for a few hours in a bowl of cold water. And I use whatever vegetables I have, especially during lockdown where you may not have these specific ones.

My son doesn’t particularly enjoy these, but I do, and it’s a good way to get a lot of nutrients in one bite. If you have more of less lentils adjust the other ingredients accordingly, I often don’t weigh them, just see how the consistency feels to me at the time, and it still turns out well.

Ingredients

150g (1 cup) dried red lentils

2 slices wholemeal bread

1 medium carrot, grated

1 small courgette, grated

75g (1 cup) grated cheddar cheese

50g (1/2 cup) frozen peas and corn

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

Method

1 Soak the lentils in cold water for 3-4 hours or overnight.

2 Preheat the oven to 200c / 400f and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

3 Blitz the bread in a food processor until it reaches a breadcrumb consistency. Tip the breadcrumbs into a bowl and put to one side.

4 Drain the lentils well and add them to the food processor with the grated carrot and courgette. Blitz until all the lentils have broken down and the ingredients are well combined.

5 Add in the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, frozen peas and corn and dried herbs and mix by hand.

6 Form the mixture into approximately 15 golf ball sized balls. Place on the baking tray and flatten with a spoon.

7 Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.

8 Allow the nuggets to cool for 10 minutes on the tray before serving (this helps them to firm up).

9 Serve straight away or keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 48 hours.

10 The nuggets can also be frozen before cooking. Freeze in a single layer on a plate or tray and then transfer to a freezer bag. Bake from frozen adding an extra 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Recipe is from My Fussy Eater

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