Since I arrived in Paris I have been eating two things excessively: cheese and bread. I love both of these so this has not been a huge hardship at all. However, after a week of the cheese-and-bread diet I was starting to feel the lack of veggies. I went to my local grocery store and picked up whatever veggies looked good along with some lentils. I then made a one-dish meal with Moroccan spices and topped it with plain yogurt. So healthy that I didn’t feel at all guilty about returning to the French diet the next day!
Spiced Veggies and Lentils
-1 Onion, chopped
-2 Carrots, chopped
-2 Turnips, diced
-Handful of Haricots Verts or other green beans
-2 Tomatoes or Canned Tomatoes
-1/4 Cup Lentils
-2 Tsp Ras al Hanout**
-Plain yogurt for serving
1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Add onion and cook until transluscent.
2. Add carrots, stirring for one minute.
3. Add turnips, tomatoes, lentils, spices, a pinch of salt, and 3 tbsp water. Cover and simmer over low until veggies are tender and lentils are cooked. Approximately 20-30 minutes.
4. Add hericots verts, cover and cook until crisp-tender, approximately 3-4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
5. Serve with plain yogurt.
*This could be made with any veggies. Choose whatever looks good!
**Spices could be changed. Yellow curry or garam masala would be nice as would fresh herbs.