Green lentils, quinoa and halloumi

Hello Dear Reader,

It’s a week day so it’s a meat free day. We used to see a lot green lentils in tins when we were in France and they’re really popular there and often served with meat. We bought ours dried and cooked them, just in salted water for thirty minutes. 

Here’s what I used and did

3 large carrots , 1 pink onion, 6 chestnut mushrooms, 4 sticks of celery, 1 yellow pepper, 3 cloves of garlic all finely diced and sautéed in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook them for about fifteen minutes and then add 100ml water and put the lid on the pan and cook for another 15 minutes.

Whilst that is cooking, cook 150g of green lentils in 400ml of salted water for 30minutes.

I also cooked 75g of quinoa, that I rinsed thoroughly and added to 250ml of water with a veggie stock pot and tossed in a handful of mixed frozen vegetables and cooked for fifteen minutes.

When it’s all cooked, allow it to cool but not go cold and combine everything and generously heap into a bowl.

Slice some halloumi cheese and dry fry in a hot non stick pan. 

Lemon dressing goes really well with lentils.

30mls lemon juice

10 mls of olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Blend the lot. Drizzle over the halloumi and arm lentils, quinoa and vegetables.

It’s very filling, chunky and zesty. This already a new favourite for us.

You never know, it might become yours.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx


10 thoughts on “Green lentils, quinoa and halloumi

    • Halloumi £1, lentils 20p, frozen veg 10p, quinoa 30p, lemon 20p, oil 5p, onion, mushrooms, celery, garlic, carrots £1 so around £3 for the lot. However, all but halloumi, i have enough of everything else for another meal tomorrow. Per portion, for our meal tonight a quid each.


  1. That looks and sounds so yummy to me. My husband though would not like it at all. He has a problem with food textures and can’t stand lentils. I sometimes wish I’d checked that out before I married him, but after five children and thirty years I’m gonna stick with him, he has lots of good qualities. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll make it for my lunch and enjoy!

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