spiced lentil and pumpkin pies
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Spiced lentil and pumpkin pies

Wholesome cooking that doesn’t break the bank – it’s just what we need right now. And don’t be put off by the list of ingredients – most of them are store cupboard staples, with just a few additions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 3cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 red chilli,  finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 300g lentils
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 160ml coconut milk
  • 150g spinach, chopped
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1kg pumpkin, chopped into chunks
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 100g butter
  • Splash or two of milk

Method

1. Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, celery and carrot for 5-6 minutes, stirring, until soft.

2. Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook for 30 seconds, stirring.

3. Add the lentils, tomatoes and stock. Simmer, covered, for 40 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Stir in the coconut milk, spinach and fresh coriander. Season to taste.

4. Meanwhile, steam the pumpkin and potato chunks (or cook in salted boiling water) for 8-10 minutes until tender. Drain thoroughly and return to the pan to steam dry. Mash with the butter and milk until smooth. Season to taste.

5. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas mark 7. Grease six individual ovenproof dishes.

6. Divide the lentil mixture between the dishes and top with the pumpkin mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Per Serving: 476kcals, 20.7g fat (15.2g saturated), 58.9g carbs, 9.6g sugars, 18.3g protein, 0.382g sodium

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