Wednesday, February 04, 2009

RECIPE ~ Collard Greens with Lentils

I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more greens into my meals. This is a quick and yummy side dish that would go great with sesame encrusted tofu, stuffed zucchinis, open-faced veggie burgers, and so on.

olive oil
1 bunch collard greens, washed and chopped
1 red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
sea salt to taste
2 cups cooked lentils (I used canned, drained)

In a large pot on high heat, drizzle about 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add onions, garlic and bay leaves, and reduce heat to medium. Cook til onions are translucent, then add paprika and collards with another drizzle of olive oil. Continue cooking around 10 minutes til collards are soft, then add the lentils. Season with salt to taste while lentils heat through. Done!

Serves 3-4.

VATAS replace collard greens with other leafy greens; use red lentils or black lentils
PITTAS minimize or omit onion, garlic and paprika
KAPHAS minimize use of oil and salt; use red lentils or chickpeas


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diana said...

I love your blog! I am vegan and recently trying out a gluten-free and soy-free diet, but I've always loved Indian cuisine so this site is a big help. I tried a variation of this recipe today (using kale and spinach) and it was awesome! I am trying to expand my cooking beyond one or two dishes that I know how to make well. I'm looking forward to trying more things too.

Dazy said...

Can I seriously come over for dinner soon? ...... your recipe sounds so yummy.....

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