Forget the worthy association many people have with lentils: in fact, this pulse is packed with nutritional benefit and is a wonderful accompaniment to many other ingredients, as it absorbs flavours in cooking and complements just about everything from fish to goat's cheese.
Another recipe that's cheap but full of flavour and good nutrition: chicken cooked with a mixture of lentils, tomatoes and spices for a warming and healthy supper dish.
Just add bread to this lovely beany salad - a cheap and easy meal for very little money and proof that you don't need to spend a lot to eat royally.
Lentils and other pulses are invaluable if you need to eat cheaply - not only do they fill you up but they are also an important source of pure protein and less expensive than chicken or meat. This spicy veggie curry is a good example…
Split peas and bacon make this a hearty, appetising and filling soup for a winter's day. Incidentally it's so-named after the 'peasouper' fogs that embroiled London in earlier times.
On their own, lentils can be a bit bland, but with this spiced lentil cakes Delia has added plenty of flavour with tomato, herbs and spices. A brilliant vegetarian recipe that's cheap and easy to make, but also extremely nutritious and filling.
This is a classic combination in France, where both sausages and lentils are used extensively in regional country cooking. Use good-quality sausages and the very best - Puy - lentils for a hearty wintry supper.
Sea bass has a real feel of luxury about it and served with this gorgeous lentil salsa would make a great dish when entertaining... even non dieters will enjoy it!
As Delia says, this recipe is unanimously agreed within food circles, to be the best lentil recipe in existence. Why not give it a try and see what you think?
Vegetarians certainly won't feel short-changed with this sumptuous meat-free version of shepherd's pie: in fact, meat eaters will no doubt love it as much as they do!
Dhal is simply the Indian word for lentils. The best kind to use for this are the red split lentils which most supermarkets stock.
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