Sunday, September 23, 2012

Roast Pumpkin & Lentil Salad

Serves 4-6

1.5kg butternut pumpkin
sea salt
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup quinoa*, rinsed & drained
1 1/2 cups water
2x400g cans brown lentils, rinsed & drained
1 medium red onion, finely sliced
4 spring onions (scallions), chopped
1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds
zest & juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & cracked black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 190C & line baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Peel & chop pumpkin into small pieces (~1cm cubes), season with little salt & drizzle with olive oil.
Baked until cooked & charred along edges (20-30 min), remove from oven & cool.
Meanwhile place quinoa in small saucepan with water, bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover & simmer for 10 min or until all water is absorbed.
Remove from heat & cool completely.
Place pumpkin & lentils in bowl; gently stir in quinoa, onion, spring onions & coriander.
To make dressing, mix all ingredients well, pour over salad & gently toss through.

*Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient seed native to the Andes Mountains. It is considered to be almost a complete food, being very high in protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids (the only known grain to do so), is full of vitamins, & is totally gluten-, wheat- & cholesterol-free. It is available from the health food aisle of the major supermarkets & many health food stores.

Grilled Thigh Fillets with Salsa Verde

Serves 4

8 chicken thigh fillets (880g)
salsa verde
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
1/4 cup (50g) rinsed, drained capers, chopped coarsely
8 anchovy fillets, drained, chopped coarsely
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Combine all ingredients of salsa verde.
Place 1/3 cup of salsa verde in medium bowl; add chicken, turning to coat in marinade.
Cook chicken on heated oiled grill plate, or grill or BBQ, until browned both sides & cooked through.
Serve topped with remaining salsa & potatoes cooked to your liking (mashed, smashed, boiled...).

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