Monday, 5 September 2011

Mediterranean Vegetable and Lentil Crumble.

Hello Lovelies!

I thought it was high time I brought you another recipe, and this is a rather delicious one as we move into autumn (my favourite of all the seasons - I hate summer because I never quite know what to eat or cook)

First, chop your veg into fairly small pieces - I used a small onion, 2 cloves garlic, 4 mushrooms, a medium leek (I'd added them to the pan before I took this picture), 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/2 medium courgette, 1/2 medium aubergine.

Next, heat a good glug of olive oil in a big pan and gradually add your veg, stirring. I tend to add them in the order I listed them above :) Once your veg are nice and soft (feel free to add a little more oil if they're sticking but not too much), you can add your seasoning.

As always, I encourage you to play around with the seasoning, and I didn't measure but I roughly used 1tsp each of  herbs d'prov, paprika, basil and oregano, 1/2 tsp cayenne (it was quite spicy, so you may wish to use less), pinch Za'tar, 1.5tsp Marigold bouillon, lots of pepper, a few grinds of salt, splash of vegan Worcester sauce and about a tablespoon of organic ketchup.

Next, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, around 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of lentils. Turn the heat down so that it's gently simmering and leave to cook for around 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly.

I used 1.5 tbsp dairy free marg, 3/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup Doves Farm Gluten Free flour, 2 garlic and herb gluten free crackers (totally optional), 2 tbsp Parmazano (see picture below), 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes, 1/4 tsp rosemary and lots of salt and pepper. For a simple version, just use marg, oats, flour and herbs/S&P. For non-vegans, add in 1/3 cup of strong grated chedder. To make this truly gluten free, sub GF flour for the oats. You might need to play around with the amount of marg that you use as well.

Magical Parmazano - you can find this in the free from asile of most supermarkets. Vegetarians, take note - parmesan is not veggie.. it always, always, always contains rennet aka baby cows stomach lining. Ewww.

Blend for around 2 or 3 minutes until you have a lovely crumbly, breadcrumb type consistency.

Transfer your vegetable mixture to a large baking dish

Top with an even layer of crumble and an extra grind of black pepper.

Bake on 180C for around 35-40 minutes. Remove when your crumble is slightly browned (I know you can't see much difference, but I promise it was).

Yum yum yum!

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  1. This looks yummy, I had to look through it really quickly though or I would be very hungry xxx

  2. Yum :)
    I was emailing a company today about them marking things veggie when they contained parmesan! I emailed them the link to the veg-soc page :) snap!

  3. That sounds so delicious. I am intrigued by the spice Za'atar. I've never heard of it, but I'm pretty sure you can't get it around here. Either way I must try it. That makes it two recipes you're putting on my list in one day!

  4. This looks delicious! making me slightly hungry aswell, not good as its nearly 11pm, trying to axe the late night nibbles you see hehe!

  5. Funny Little Frog- haha bless ou! It's gorgeous!

    Maria - Thanks. I get so so cross about this too! It's only really recently that I've learnt about it (not a clue how it passed me by either tbh) and, even though I'm a vegan now so it doesn't matter, it still makes me angry that so many major food companies label things with parm. as being veggie.

    Kaia - yes you really must try it! It'd be find without the za'tar but it does add a nice bit of depth :)

    Joselin - haha well at least it's pretty healthy! It makes a fabulous midnight snack, cold out of the baking dish

    Jen - you MUST!!!

  6. That looks like an awesome recipe, I will definitely be giving this a try, and seeing this has also reminded me of our conversation about the vegan parm, totally on my shopping list!

  7. Yummy! I've never tried savoury crumble before... I probably should haha!


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