Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
Stuff this into a whole wheat pita and top with paper thin slices of red onion and crisp lettuce, and you have a great meal! Or spread on French bread for an appetizer! Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine.
- 3⁄4 cup lentils, rinsed
- 1⁄4 cup walnut halves (you may toast if you wish)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small garlic clove, peeled
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely minced spinach (or watercress leaves)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground coriander
- Combine lentils and 1 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender and water is absorbed, 35-40 minutes. Drain well. Transfer to small bowl.
- In small food processor (or blender), process walnuts and oil to smooth paste. With a spatula, scrape mixture into bowl with lentils. Mash to paste with a fork.
- On a cutting board, cut garlic in half. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. With flat side of knife, mash together. Add to lentil-walnut mixture along with spinach, broth, cumin, coriander and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 days.
Absolutely delicious. I toast my walnuts before I grind them up, then instead of removing paste to a bowl, I add the remaining ingredients to my food processor and pulse a few times to blend. Sometimes I get distracted and the pulsing turns into a puree, but it's all good. The color is beautiful, and this is very easy to throw together. I've been making wraps with this on spinach tortillas, adding mesclun, grated carrots and some of Sharon's recipe for sprouted lentil and bulgar salad. A great vegetarian lunch, thanks, Sharon.
This was very good. We like some other spreads better, but this was a nice change. Thanks so much for sharing! :O)
We wrapped this spread in whole wheat tortillas for dinner. I also added a sprinkling of raisins and a spoonful of lowfat sour cream to each tortilla before rolling them up. My vegetarian fussy daughter liked them quite well, as did DH and I. It was also good on crackers.