now I have not always been a Vegan stroke Vegetarian, I have actually spent more years eating meat than a simple and delicious plant based diet over the course of my life, I aim and intend to change that in time and as time passes I find more interesting and enjoyable challenges to overcome and today the challenge was what to do with a Marrow?
You see I order a veg box each week and the last two weeks Marrows have been delivered, there they were sitting side by side in my fridge and each day I would look at them wondering what to do with these overgrown courgettes. My Marrow cookery book only listed meat recipes such as bolognese stuffed marrow with cheese on top, this was no longer an option! What to do?
Good thing I have a wonderful wife, she simply said stuff them with lentils and all of a sudden the light bulbs came on and let me tell you – YUM😀
- 2 Marrows (cut them in half and take out the middle mush).
- 1 cup of red lentils
- 4 mushrooms
- 1/2 cup garden peas
- 1/2 green pepper
- 2 spring onions (any onions will do, they were floating around in the fridge and stepped up for this meal).
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (roughly 1 tbsp, a generous glue you could call it).
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (i also added 2 cherry tomatoes)
- A pinch or two of sea salt
- A squeeze or two of lemon
- 1 tbsp Vegan Pesto
- A small handful of fresh coriander
Get the lentils cooking (1 cup lentils to 3 cups water), whilst they are cooking get your marrows prepped on to an oven tray (cut in halves and de seeded). When the lentils are simmering and nearly done add the mushrooms, peppers and peas.
All the other ingredients go into a blender to make a sauce, so pop or throw or place depending on how your feeling into a blender and blend away, check after for seasoning to see if you need to add more salt or lemon ect.
When the lentils have cooked pour the sauce into the lentils and stir, once that is done simply fill your marrows and wrap them in foil so the filling does not spill out into your oven, I have cooked them on a low heat because as you will discover there is plenty of mix left over to serve at least 2 bowls of lentil soup, which can act as a starter (bonus).