Lentil Cottage Pie – Great Vegetarian Option

If you are stuck for ideas on what to cook today, this is a great alternative if you don’t eat meat or you fancy a change from meat.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

1/2 red onion

1 carrot finely chopped into small pieces

1 clove of garlic crushed

1tbsp tomato puree

400g can chopped tomatoes

1tsp dried thyme

75g dried split lentils

350ml vegetable stock

white and sweet potatoes for the mash

25g cheddar cheese grated

Method

Peel the potatoes and place in a pan of water, but do not set off cooking yet.

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and thyme.

Set off your pan of potatoes to cook.

Stir in the lentils, vegetable stock, then simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is reduced and creamy.

Preheat the oven to 200 / Gas 7

Pour the lentil mixture into an ovenproof dish and spread out evenly.

Mash the potatoes and spread evenly over the lentil mixture.

Sprinkle over the grated cheese.

Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Serve immediately with any other vegetables of your choice.

Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

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Peanut And Date Cookies

Do you like your sweet treats?

I do enjoy eating biscuits and when you make your own you know exactly what has gone in them.

This recipe makes around 24 cookies depending how big you make them.

Ingredients

100g dried dates chopped into small pieces

100g smooth peanut butter

100g butter

150g soft brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

50g plain flour

2 eggs

150g oats

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 / gas 6 and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.

In a large bowl add the peanut butter, sugar and butter and mix until really smooth.

Add the 2 eggs and again mix until smooth.

Fold in the oats, flour and baking powder and mix until it starts to form a dough.

Finally add the dates and mix again.

Spoon even dollops of the mixture onto the baking trays. Leave a gap between each one.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and set around the edges.

Leave on the baking trays to cool before serving.

Karen x