This vegetarian Lentil Cheddar Sweetcorn Bake is perfect for a quick grab and go lunch or snack.
One of my favourite recipes to make for lunch on a busy week is this delicious Lentil Cheddar Bake. It's perfect hot or cold with salads or as a side to some soup instead of bread.
This week with a busy week ahead I knew I needed something like this on hand for lunches, but decided on a slight variation using some corn and instead made this yummy Lentil Cheddar Sweetcorn Bake.
I love sweetcorn, the kernels are sweet and juicy and have a vibrant yellow colour which is a great addition to many recipes, such as this:
- Sweetcorn and Leek Soup
- Chicken and Sweetcorn Lasagne
- Tuna and Sweetcorn Mayo Salad
- Chicken, Red Pepper and Sweetcorn Risotto
- Tuna and Sweetcorn Mini Quiche
- Lime and Chilli Sweetcorn Fritters
Today, however, it was a perfect addition to this Lentil Cheddar Sweetcorn Bake. Once baked it looked beautiful with the flecks of colour from the added red bell pepper and green onions.
I just added a little paprika, salt and pepper for seasoning, but you could add a pinch of cayenne instead for a spicy kick, or even add in some chopped jalapeno.
A slice of this is perfect served with some salsa and a mixed salad or if you really like a spicy kick, mix some sriracha with low fat mayo and a little water (so that is can be drizzled) and drizzle it all across a slice or two of these Lentil Cheddar Bake for a taste sensation.
In the summertime, this Lentil Cheddar Sweetcorn Bake would make a perfect addition to a picnic with a selection of other yummy foods, as it is easily portable in a lunch box or container.
Choose a good strong cheddar to really get that flavour, as milder cheddar seems to vanish in taste once cooked. I like to use a medium or mature cheddar. I also prefer to use regular cheddar over reduced fat, as I find it melts much better in dishes like this.
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HOW CAN I ADD A ⅓ VEGETABLES TO THIS LENTIL CHEDDAR SWEETCORN BAKE?
There is already a little speed included with the onion, red pepper and green onions, but you could also serve this alongside a vegetable filled soup or a nice mixed salad to increase those vegetables on your plate. I like a salad of mixed baby greens, grape tomatoes and cucumber - nice quick and simple.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS LENTIL CHEDDAR SWEETCORN BAKE
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Bowl
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Wooden Spoon
- Frying Pan
- Oven Proof Dish
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