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Recipes SMOKY VEGGIE-LADEN LENTILS WITH POACHED EGGS

SMOKY VEGGIE-LADEN LENTILS WITH POACHED EGGS

Prep 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Serves 2

Looking for meatless Monday inspiration? Then look no further than this recipe for smoky lentils with poached eggs. Lentils are so good for you, but we’re upping the nutritional ante by packing it with loads of veggies. Top the lentils with runny poached eggs and it’s a complete balanced meal.

- WHAT YOU WILL NEED -

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 plump cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely sliced or diced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • third of a teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp Cape Herb & Spice SMOKED PAPRIKA
  • 1 x 400g tin of lentils, rinsed and drained in a colander
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 8 sprigs coriander, roughly chopped
  • 4 large free range eggs

- METHOD -

Add the olive oil to a large non-stick pan along with the onions, garlic, peppers, chilli, salt and sugar. Fry over medium-low heat until vegetables are soft. Add the Cape Herb & Spices Smoked Paprika and fry for a further two minutes. Add the lentils, spinach and coriander to the veggies and stir well to combine. Taste and see if it needs a bit more salt. Place lid on and remove from the heat at this point ­­­­– the residual heat will be sufficient to wilt the spinach and coriander and keep the lentils warm.

To make the poached eggs, fill a large shallow saucepan with water and bring it to the boil. Break the eggs into small ramekins or cups. Turn the heat down so the water is just barely simmering. Gently pour the eggs into the water. Top lentils with poached eggs and garnish with a few sprigs of coriander or some micro herbs.

 

Recipe concept & photography by Lizet Hartley.

Lizet Hartley is a freelance stills and reel food stylist, food photographer and recipe developer. In her spare time she – rather predictably – cooks. Get more of her recipes on her blog at http://www.melkkos-merlot.co.za

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