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A delicious mix of flavours, colours, textures, and temperatures.

Today’s creation is ‘Lentil Feta Salad’.

The salad is an experiment in contrast. The base is made up of spiced lentils and cooked vegetables, with the strong flavour of feta and the sweetness of Clementines sprinkled on top.

The measurements are approximate, and of course you are welcome to adjust the recipe to your own liking, and make substitutions based on what ingredients you have available. The feta could be replaced with parmesan, or another strong flavoured cheese, and the clementines could be replaced with tomatoes. Don’t like lentils? Use chickpeas or another kind of bean.

The following recipe is just a  guideline.

Time to Make: about 45 minutes

Serves: 1, as written, adjust to suit your needs

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried lentils (I used brown)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, lima beans, green beans, or some combination of similar)
  • 14 g (1/2 oz) feta cheese
  • a peeled clementine
  • assorted spices: parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, coriander

What to Do:

  1. The first thing to do is cook the lentils. This only takes about 20 minutes but if you’re short on time, canned lentils will work just fine.
  2. Drain the lentils. Fill the pot with new, clean water, and bring it to a boil. Add the lentils, and cook the broccoli and the mixed vegetables in this water. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  3. Drain this pot as well. Use this pot to assemble the meal, minimizing the cleanup. Add the lentils and vegetables back in, plus the olive oil and some spices. I used a big pinch of dried parsley, and sprinkle of onion powder and garlic powder, plus a pinch of coriander.
  4. Stir this mixture with the stove on low heat for a minute or two, just to heat the oil and make sure the spices are nicely integrated.
  5. Pour the warm salad into a bowl.
  6. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, and add clementine pieces around the edge of the bowl.
  7. Serve and enjoy! I suggest having some tea on the side, maybe with some sweet pickles.
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