I hope everyone had a great weekend, and to start off the week on a healthy note, here’s my “Healthy Monday Recipe”. It’s perfect to bring for lunch, or as a light dinner accompanied with a green salad… But here’s the best part: it’s healthy AND delicious!
(yields 4 servings)
– 1 Tbsp of olive oil
– cooking spray
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 leek, chopped
– 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
– 1/2 Granny Smith apple, chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
– 1 can (15oz) lentils, drained
– 4 oz dried fruit and nuts to taste (almonds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, golden raisins, dried currants, cashews, or anything you like) chopped
– 1/2 cup flour (1/4c. whole wheat and 1/4c. all-purpose)
– 1/3 cup old cheddar, Gruyère, or Emmentaler* (skinny of you can find it), shredded
– 1 egg (may substitute for egg whites), beaten
– 3 to 4 Tbsp of fresh herbs you have handy (parsley, basil, shallots…)
– pinch of pepper and salt
* Gruyère and Emmentaler are Swiss cheeses
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a “meatloaf pan” oil lightly the sides and bottom. Cut pieces of parchment paper the size of each sides of the pan, and place in it (see picture).
- In a large pan with cooking spray, add the onion, leek, celery and garlic over med-low heat. Add the apple and cook for 8min stirring at times. Add the lentils, dried fruit and nuts, cheese, egg and herbs. Add pepper and a pinch of salt.
- Pour in the mold and equalize the top. Put in the oven for 50-60 min. until lightly golden. Cool down before to take out of the pan. It’s good served warm or cold… although during the winter I much rather warm 🙂
What I like about this recipe (other than the taste and the awesome smell when it cooks!) is that you get a healthy balance of protein, fat and carbs, so it’s like an all-in power meal! Try it, and let me know how much you liked it!