Aubergine and green lentil comfort bake

Aubergine and green lentil comfort bake

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From
The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day
Serves
4
Photographer
Martin Poole

This is super-filling and wholesome, but has no nasties. It’s great for days when you’re starving, or for cold, drizzly days when you need something warming and nurturing.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for cooking
2 large red onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
800g tinned green lentils, drained
750g tomato passata
1 1/2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
2 aubergines, sliced
low-fat mozzarella, torn into pieces, to serve
sea salt
black pepper

Method

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan, add the onions and garlic and cook for 4–5 minutes, until softened. Add the lentils, passata and mixed herbs and simmer gently for 15 minutes, until you have a thick, luscious tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a little more olive oil in a frying pan, add the aubergine slices and fry for 3–4 minutes, turning frequently, until slightly translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Begin layering the bake by placing a few slices of aubergine at the bottom of a baking dish. Top with a layer of tomato and lentil sauce, then continue adding alternating layers until all the ingredients are used up. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top and bake for 10 minutes, until bubbling and melted. Serve hot.

Good for:

  • Skin health; high cholesterol; constipation and healthy gut flora

Star ingredient:

  • Lentils are great for both short and long-term digestive health. In the short term, they’re a great fibre source, and help to keep things moving. In the long term they can boost the natural bacterial colony that lives in the digestive system by providing certain sugars as a food source, causing them to reproduce and flourish.
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