When I was a vegetarian, I used to use these Lentils with Wild Greens as a base to make lentil pies and shepherd’s pie. It’s also good on its own eaten like a stew. The lemon juice wakes up the tastes just before you serve. I use small French or beluga lentils for this stew so that it doesn’t go mushy.
1. Set the tomatoes directly on the racks of a gas burner with the flame on medium-high. Using tongs, rotate the tomatoes frequently until they are evenly charred and the skin has cracked in places. Remove from heat. Once cool enough to handle, peel, deseed, and roughly chop. Set aside.
2. In a heavy bottom pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Cover and sweat until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally so they do not turn brown, about 15 minutes.
3.Stir in the oregano, rosemary, parsley, basil, and lentils. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add 4 cups water and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then partially cover and lower heat to simmer. Cook until the lentils are just tender about 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes.
4. While the lentils are cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mustard greens with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and steam until the greens have wilted. Drain in a colander and coarsely chop. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and sauté the greens for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add the sautéed greens and lemon juice to the lentils and mix well. Drizzle with a little olive oil and a grind or two of black pepper. Serve.
- 3 small roma tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 celery stalk, peeled and cut into a small dice
- 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into a small dice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
- 2 cups French lentils, picked over and washed
- Salt, to taste
- 4 cups water or stock
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 bunch mustard greens, washed, stems trimmed and leaves stripped from ribs
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Ann's Tips and Tricks
You can substitute black Beluga lentils for the French lentils if you prefer them.