January 21, 2010

Lentil and greens mish-mash

We got our veggie box yesterday and it came with the usual winter greens: chard, kale and spinach. I did not have any real ingredients for a full blown dinner so I decided to improvise and do something like a lentil mish-mash (i had only about one cup of lentils, and they were mixed red lentils and regular brown lentils) and it was really easy and quick to make:

1. In olive oil, sautee garlic, spinach, chard, kale, some arugula over medium heat (caution: the arugula gave slightly bitter taste, so if you don't like arugula too much you can leave it out)
2. In a separate pot, boil the lentils in ~4 cups of water and add spices to taste (salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric etc.. whatever you like... lately I am all about cumin!)
3. Once the lentil is fully cooked (~20min or so), drain the water and add the lentils to the sauteed greens and mix. You can add back little bit of the lentil water so that it is not too dry (~1/4 cup).

I also made a red cabbage salad with the rest of the veggies from the box by shredding everything in the food processor:
  • 1 head of red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tokyo turnips, peeled and shredded
  • 4 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 baby bok choy, finely sliced
  • juice from 1 mayer lemon and olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste
Mix everything in a bowl and enjoy!


  1. I have made a similar mish mash before but with canellini beans - in Bittman's cook book this falls within the beans and greens category

  2. And all this is so healthy! Looks delicious, too!