Thursday, 12 June 2008

No Meat? No way!!

I have now had a vegetarian living with me for 3 weeks and I can honestly say that it has changed the way I look at vegetables and food in general.

In the past if I made a vegetarian meal, I would always make a roasted vegetable combination served with a starch. But now I find myself taking family favourites and reinventing them without meat. The best part is, you don't even miss the meat. The die hard carnivores have been asking for seconds and the vegetarian has been blown away by the variety.

I now have a stock of lentils and beans that would make a Buddhist monastery proud, and I am using them daily.

This bobotie is the latest in my vegetarian meals. It is very filling, extremely healthy and will satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Sweet Potato, Lentil and Pearl Wheat Bobotie

600g Sweet potato (I used the orange variety)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
45ml olive oil
15ml sugar
100ml water
10ml Jenny Morris Malay pepper or plain black pepper

Cook the sweet potato, curry, olive oil. cinnamon, sugar, water and pepper on a low heat until soft and then mash.

1 cup black lentils
1 cup pearl wheat (crushed wheat)
5 cups water
grated zest and juice of 1

Preheat oven to 180C
Place the lentils, pearl wheat and water in a large pot and boil until soft and water just about all absorbed.
Add the mashed sweet potato, zest, juice and salt to taste .

Grease a large baking dish and pour the lentil mix in.

1 cup milk
3 eggs
bay leaves for decoration

Pour the topping on the lentils and top with bay leaves.
Bake at 180C for 40 minutes.

Serve with a salad and yellow rice.

A vegetarian, a meat-eater, and a cannibal walk into a bar,
the veg' orders a salad, the other orders a burger,
than the bartender asks the cannibal "Anything for you?",
so he replies, "No thanks, I'll wait till they're done."


christie said...

Yum! The other great thing about beans and pulses is that they're packed full of fibre - and we all know what that's good for! ;)

Rose&Thorn said...

I didn't want to say anything, but it sure does work a treat on that end!

Anonymous said...

Seems like a very heart dish. I love the flavor combos :)

cook eat FRET said...

i love lentils and cook with them often. this dish looks beautiful and would be a big hit in my house!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I tried the vegetarian option for a couple of months and you really do lose the urge for meat after a while. We do however like the odd braai still, but I must say we eat a lot less meat than usual.
This looks delicious!

Rose&Thorn said...

Maryann - I sure was.
ceF - I hope enjoy it as much as we did.
Nina - Definitely not ready to give up meat yet.

Jeanne said...

With things like lentils and chickpeas around, I'm surprised that anyone misses meat... Although, like Nina, I'd struggle to give up my BRAAI!

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - Definitely not giving up meat any time soon, but have enjoyed experimenting with the pulses!

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