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How to eat healthily every day of the week

V IS FOR VEGETARIAN

Smoked lentil tacos with pico de gallo

”We all know the importance of eating nourishing food, but the task of creating a healthy dinner every night can feel overwhelming. I set myself the challenge of writing a book about healthy, great-tasting food to show it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve high-fived myself more during its creation than ever before, because I’ve proved it’s possible to eat well, even on a budget, even on a Tuesday. SARAH BRITTON”

Smoked-lentil tacos with pico de gallo

MAKES 6. HANDS-ON TIME 35 MIN, SIMMERING TIME 20 MIN, PLUS SOAKING

I haven’t eaten meat in a long time, but taking my first bite of these insanely tasty tacos made me feel as if I were. You see, meat contains ample amounts of glutamate, an amino acid responsible for umami, the taste of yummy savouriness that helps us feel satisfied. In an attempt to make tacos that lacked for nothing, I knew I had to infuse a ton of mouthwatering flavours into the lentils, so I used my secret weapons: tamari, sundried tomatoes and caramelised onions. The smokiness that we often associate with meat comes from the addition of hot smoked paprika – a genius spice to have in your meat-free arsenal.

MAKE AHEAD

Soak the lentils for at least 8 hours or overnight (see Know-how). Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 2-3 days.

KNOWHOW

Soaking lentils reduces the cooking time needed and makes the cooked lentils easier to digest. Pico de gallo is the name of a fresh Mexican salsa.

FOR THE PICO DE GALLO

• 250g cherry tomatoes, chopped

• Small onion, very finely chopped

• 1 tsp very finely chopped red chilli

• 2 tbsp lime juice

• Handful fresh coriander, chopped

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The September issue of delicious. is packed with great cooking: there’s a Ukrainian feast from Olia Hercules, a relaxed Persian menu from Sabrina Ghayour, Bruno Loubet’s incredible mushroom burger, Richard Bertinet’s end-of-summer pudding and Thane Prince’s foolproof jam-making feature. Our bigger midweek section is also filled with inspiration for exciting and healthy meals that are simple to cook but deliver on flavour. Plus improve your kitchen skills with our guide to sourdough, making a pastry lattice and step-by-step biryani.