Lentil & Sardine Bake

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This lentil and sardine bake is SO good!  I actually made it for breakfast, and it was a perfect way to start the day!  The lentils provide a whole bunch of iron, folate, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, which provides tons of energy to get your day going.  Even better, this dish contains the best of the best: sardines!!!  Sardines are a major power food.  They provide loads of omega-3’s, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.  What’s so great about sardines is that they are teensy tiny, so they don’t absorb much mercury like most fish and seafood. They are one of the few types of seafood that are safe to eat now-a-days.  The following pin explains 7 health benefits of sardines.

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All this in these little guys!  Another great thing about sardines is that they are a milder fish.  In all honesty, I don’t like the taste of fish, but sardines are actually pretty good.  I get the boneless and skinless sardines packed in water – YUM!  If you are looking to start including sardines in your diet, this bake is a good way to do it.  You don’t really taste the sardines in this, so if you don’t like the taste of them, it is well hidden with all the flavors going on in this yumminess!

All that being said, if you really are opposed to eating sardines, you can replace them with mushrooms in this recipe, and the recipe is still delicious!  It will have less nutrients, but will still be healthy.  It will also transform this into a vegetarian meal if that is what you’re looking for.

Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

LENTIL AND SARDINE BAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup sardines (2 tins of sardines)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 tsps. thyme
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Prepare your lentils as directed on the package.  Strain well, and place in a large bowl.

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3.) While your lentils are cooking, prepare your vegetables.

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4.) Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the onion and carrots, and cook for about 7 minutes. Put the cooked onion and carrots on top of the lentils in the bowl.

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5.) Add the parsley, dill, sardines, eggs, green onions, thyme, and sea salt to the bowl.  Mix well.

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6.) Place the content of the bowl into a prepared bread pan (greased and lined with parchment paper hanging off the sides for easy removal when done cooking).

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7.) Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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8.) Allow to cool and set in pan for about 10 minutes.  Use the edges of the parchment paper to pull out of the pan.  Chop into slices and serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

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