Braised Lentils with Pumpkin & Fennel

Braised Lentils with Pumpkin & Fennel


These are French ?(0.06) lentils these are
harder to find but again any lentil you can find.
So I can show you, I always pick those ingredients but these are good delicious and anything
will work in this recipe. Some will cook faster than others, anything that the hall is removed
so that split lentils or even some of your other split lentils the halls are removed
so the cook a little bit faster but it’s not a problem with this dish it will all work.
So what I’ve done is the start off sautéing just a little bit of onion in a little bit
of fennel, we love using fennel in the kitchen. People making fun of me because I use it so
much. This is your fennel, this is split in half, a really nice and crunchy fresh similar
to texture of celery. It has a nice (anise?) flavour to it. They help to settle your stomach.
We use it a lot actually and this is before I found out all the amazing benefits from
Christy but when we would get together at big family meals we would always have a little
bit of raw fennel. I’ve never understood why but it was too relaxed your stomach so
that you can meet another 18 dishes but really nice and I mean you can use it raw, it’s
fantastic cooked, so slow cooked the sugars come out and it gives you this really nice
sweet flavour it’s really really nice. So if you can find this and use this instead
of celery in your same type of dishes definitely try it.
So I kind of started, I kind of slow cook them a little bit, lower heat, a little bit
of you can use grapeseed oil or light olive oil and just until they have softened up.
Then we can add our remaining ingredients. So pumpkin or you can use squash delicious
just roughly chopped, that goes in about 2 cups. If you don’t like pumpkin you can even
add sweet potato or maybe another root like a parse snip. Oh yeah that would be delicious.
Get that bright orange one in there if you can. We have some garlic, a few cloves of
garlic. I’m not really chopping them up I’m just going to give them a quick crush with
the back of my night you can do this with your hands too and like Christie said if you
let it sit for about five minutes do that… to maximize that potential. So that is going
in our herbs, so we have some bay leaf throwing those in and I have some thyme sprigs. That
is going to go in as well, just make sure you pick those up after, it’s a nice little
surprise to get a bay leaf in your dish. And then our lentils, all you have to do with
the lentils, I know some people soak them ahead of time. With these lentils you just
rinse them really well, you don’t have to soak them like other beans and legumes so
that’s a good thing, lentils are quick. And that goes in and then you just want to give
it a little bit of a stir just to combine them. You can add a little bit of pinch of
salt and pepper if you want at this point and then I’m going to go ahead and add stock.
So I have vegetable stock I have made from scratch but you can use a little bit of water
if you’d like, you can use chicken stock, any sort of liquid base would be okay with
this. If you don’t know how to make vegetable stock there’s a great recipe on ELLICSR kitchen.ca
so you can definitely check that out. Is there video? Yes! And there’s a video! There’s a
video on YouTube so you can ask you watch Geremy do it and make it along with him. It’s
really easy a great way to use up those vegetable scraps. So that’s it. The ratio, I’m adding
about 3 cups. The ratio for cooking most lentils in general is about 3 to 1, so 1 cup lentils
we added and we are adding 3 cups of liquid. Bring it up to a boil, wants it it’s a boil
reduce to simmer and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Most of the liquid will be absorbed
and you get this really nice dish. This is almost like a stew, very hearty especially
talking about comfort food. Absolutely! This is the way to go. You are going to get lots
of fibre in this dish, a three-quarter serving cup of lentils gives you 12 g of fibre which
is half the amount that most women need in a day and one third of the amount that most
men need in a day. So you’re well on your way to meeting your fibre needs with this
and including some vegetables and simple grains. So that’s what we are looking at, really
nice and hearty. Wow! When you start it doesn’t look like there’s enough lentils in there.
Don’t be tempted to add more, the lentils well absorb that liquid and it will expend
and you will end up with a lot of lentils so wants thats it’s. Really, really simple
and you will end up with a grazed lentil dish.

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