Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roasted Garlic and Lentil Spread Recipe- Vegan, Sugar Free, GAPS Legal

I got a 10 lb bag of green lentils from a friend of mine who didn't know what to do with it, and she figured I would make good use of it. I definitely am, and have been trying to come up with different and varied lentil recipes, since there are only so many times I want to be eating lentils and rice before I get sick of it.
Yesterday, I made lentils stuffed into hollyhock leaves that I foraged, and I had a lot of leftover cooked lentils from that. I decided to try to make a lentil based spread out of those lentils, and figured that it would probably pair very well with roasted garlic. Roasted garlic is not only super flavorful, it also is creamy, which pairs very well with legumes like lentils, since I find the most off putting aspect of lentils its mealiness (which feels "dry" in your mouth), which you can't notice when paired with something creamy. (Also acidic things paired with lentils make you not notice their texture quite so much, I've found.)
I also added a decent amount of oil to it, which helps it be smooth and creamy- I'm not really concerned about fattiness or whatever, since I don't think fat is unhealthy- just use the oil you consider to be healthiest to keep this healthy.

Use this as a dipping "sauce" for vegetables, or as a spread on crackers or bread. Or just eat it by the spoonful, since it is yummy enough for that. Pictured above is the spread as an open faced sandwich on my gluten free flat bread, together with foraged lambsquarters, tomatoes, and onions. Delish!

Roasted Garlic and Lentil Spread Recipe- Vegan, Sugar Free, GAPS Legal

1 head garlic
4 cups cooked green/brown lentils
1/2 cup oil
1/2- 1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2-2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Roast your head of garlic. Alternatively, you can make "cheater" roasted garlic by putting the entire head of garlic in a pan with a little oil at the bottom, covering it, and cooking it on medium until the bottom is semi charred and the garlic cloves themselves are completely soft.

2. Put the peeled garlic and everything into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.

3. Adjust flavors to taste, adding more salt or lemon juice as needed.

What is your favorite lentil recipe? Does this look like a recipe you'd try out?

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  1. Score of the lentils!!! Lentil crackers are my new favorite thing! I'm working on getting the recipe up.

    I also really love green lentil salad with mint (I just posted that one).

    I absolutely love garlic, but it does not sit well with my stomach unfortunately. If I could, I'd eat a whole roasted garlic bulb!

  2. So okay, roasted garlic and lentil spread (on Borodinsky bread) sounds like lunch tomorrow...and I'll give the mint/lentil salad a try too, Miss Frugal. Thanks, all!

  3. I love this idea of roasted garlic. I am a garlic fiend.

    I agree score for the lentils. I too am a fan of lentil salads.

    Thanks for the inventive recipes. I love reading what you have to say :)

  4. Oh, what a find for you! If they are organic, you can sprout them (which uses up a good bit of them). I put a tablespoon of washed lentils in a quart jar and let them soak. Then, put cheesecloth and a jar lid over them, drain them, rinse them twice a day, and within 3 days you have sprouts. I would not recommend this if they are not organic, as that may mean they are coated with something and could be modified so they won't sprout well. Fresh is very best. Add them into salads, taco toppings, etc. and enjoy!

  5. I have made this- its really good! Even lentil hating hubby loves it :) http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maindishentreerecipes/r/ricelentilloaf.htm

  6. Yum. This was great. I used urad dal, the cute little white lentils, and it came out creamy like mayo. (Garlicky mayo.) In fact, makes a good mayo replacement.


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