Chickpeas in the meatballs: Recipe makeover – more greens in the meat

Meatballs with chickpeasIf you not yet call yourself a vegetarian, but want to eat more vegetarian – perhaps for the sake of the environment or for your own health – there are many ways of adding a bit of extra greens or beans in your cooking. Living with kids who believe you’ll die eating something green there are a few good tips for sneaking some vitamins into the food. Here are a few tips:

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Lentil soup with coconut milk and ginger

Lentil soup with coconut milk and gingerA very filling and pert soup where the ginger and the coconut milk permeate the flavour. If you rather serve the dish as a stew, leave the water out.
Serve with a freshly baked bread, perhaps and Indian Naan bread on the side, or as a stew with bulgur.
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Aubergine moussaka with red lentils and feta cheese

Moussaka with aubergine lentils and feta cheeseThis moussaka both looks fantastic and tastes fantastic. The flavours are quite mild but full. As many oven bakes there are a few steps, but all are easy to follow.
Serve this moussaka with a fresh salad or a couple of green leaves on the side. This dish is perfect for your lunchbox the next day and to deep freeze for emergency dinners.
Cooking time: 1 hour: 20 minutes preparation and 40 minutes in the oven.
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Warm salad with lentils, pistachios, grapes and feta cheese

Green lentils with grapes and nuts A lukewarm salad good for both lunch and dinner, all year ’round.
Should there be some leftovers, it’s perfect for a lunchbox for tomorrow at work! Save the salad separately from the feta cheese, so you can warm the salad slightly and then sprinkle over the feta cheese.
Cooking time: 30 minutes if you use dried green lentils. 20 minutes if you buy precooked lentils or precook them yourself.
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