Recently, I have had a great appreciation for fresh vegetables. Each vegetable has it’s own unique flavor and when combined together, can make a delicious dish. Over the past few weeks, I have been watching ‘Jamie Oliver’s Quick and Easy food’ on Hulu and the way he maximizes flavors from simple ingredients is amazing. This dish is a bit inspired from one of his dishes but with my own spin to it. Fresh broccoli and carrots give it the earthy taste and when paired with the buttered spicy lentils and pickled artichokes, there’s a burst of flavors in your mouth and it’s absolutely delicious. I am a person who usually pairs veggies with some sort of meat or chicken but in this quick and tasty dish, you won’t miss it.
Lentils and Veggies
Broccoli- 1 cup
Pickled artichokes- 3 to 4
Minced garlic- 2 tbsps
Red chili flakes-1 tbsp
1)Boil some water in a saucepan and once the water starts boiling, add the lentils to the saucepan. Once, they are cooked which should be in about 15 to 20 minutes, drain the water out and keep the lentils aside.
2)In a pan, heat up some oil and butter. Then add the red chili flakes and minced garlic. Saute till the garlic turns golden brown. Then add the broccoli and lentils along with some salt and pepper. Cook till the broccoli is browned and crisp and the lentils are more firm.
3)Finally, add some sliced carrots to a pan with some oil. Season with some salt and pepper. Fry on the pan till the exterior wilts and is browned properly.
4)Also, add the pickled artichokes with a tbsp of the pickling juice and some oil to a pan just to crisp up the exterior of the artichokes. Add the remaining juices on the lentils, broccoli and carrots on the plate and serve as shown. Enjoy! 🙂