I don’t buy ready prepared packet food often but I have always wanted to try these porcini and thyme lentils so I decided that this recipe would be a perfect excuse. Sometimes you really don’t have time to be cooking puy lentils when all you want is a quick salad so this is a brilliant way of injecting some intense flavour and nutrition.
The lentils are seriously robust in flavour, they pack a punch and go fantastically with the creamy sweet roasted squash. You can add any other salad items you fancy but I went for classic rocket leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and olives.
You can by these lentils at most UK supermarkets or online at www.merchant-gourmet.com. They also do a sundried tomato flavour which would be delicious if you don’t like mushrooms.
Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Fat
1 Butternut Squash
Salt and Pepper
1 pack Puy lentils with Porcini and Thyme
1 bag Rocket leaves/ lettuce
3-4 Cherry Tomatoes per person
4-5 Olives per person
1 tspn Capers Per person
Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat the oven to 220c.
Peel and de-seed the butternut squash and slice into bite sized pieces. Coat them with a little oil and place in a large baking tray and sprinkle over the paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper. I didn’t put exact amounts of these ingredients, just be as generous as you like and coat it well.
Roast the butternut squash in the over for around 20-25 minutes until soft and beginning to brown. Put to one side.
Slice the cucumber, tomatoes and avocado and divide between 4 plates with the rocket leaves and lettuce on the bottom.
Cook the lentils as per the packets instructions (rip the pack open approx 2cm and microwave for 1 minute) then sprinkle them over the salad and finally top with the roasted butternut squash.
Drizzle some olive oil over and enjoy warm or cold!
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