Thursday, March 24, 2011

Warm French Lentils

Warm French Lentils:

I am loving spring and the Daffodils that Whole Foods is selling

And now to the recipe review:
ANOTHER fabulous Ina Garten Recipe. This recipe is from one of my go-to cookbooks by Ina titled "How Easy is That". I loved the flavor and I loved the simplicity of this dish.

Warm French Lentils:
Inspired from Ina Garten "How Easy is That"

2 Tbs plus 1/4 cup good olive oil
1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 carrots, peeled and diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup French Green Le Puy Lentils
1 whole onion, peeled and chopped
1 white turnip, cut in half
1 tsp unsalted butter
4 tsp dijon mustard
2 Tbs red wind vinegar
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

Heat the 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saute pan, add the onion, leek, and carrots. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute until the garlic speaks.
While this is cooking, place the lentils in 4 cups of water, add the turnip in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat after it boils, add the leek, carrots, and onion mixture and then Simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until the lentils are almost tender. Remove and discard the turnip, then drain the lentils. Place them in a medium bowl, then add the butter.
Whisk together the 1/4 cup of olive oil, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add to the lentils, stir well, and allow the lentils to cool until just warm. Serve with a piece of warm crusty bread.

This is a great lunch dish as well as a dinner dish paired with a green salad. Drink some french wine with it and dream of Paris!

In other news, Tucher went to the vet today. Last night he started limping which really upset me. He wouldn't put down his front leg. He milked it for all that it was worth, receiving an ice pack, treats in bed, water brought to him, and a lift in and out of bed! This morning I knew that he would be going to the vet and he continued to feel bad. Ryan loaded him in the car and when he got to the vet, Tucher jumps out of the car (which he never does) and RUNS and PULLS ryan into the office! Needless to say, Tucher was all of a sudden FEELING BETTER! Basically, he might have pulled a muscle, nothing broken, thank goodness! Now, he wants to play with the frisbee but he is NOT ALLOWED! If I spend money at the vet cause he feels bad, then he is not allowed to come home and play! We are resting his leg for a few days, despite this look that you get when you take him outside:

Yes, he is SPOILED rotten... he lives the "life"


  1. That dog is adorable!!! I love all the flowers at Whole Foods. They have the most beautiful orchids that I am always so tempted to buy!

  2. I would love these lentils...they look easy enough to make too! Lentils are so comforting, I've only made them in soups. This looks delicious!