Recently, I’ve been working very early in the morning. Asleep-in-the-shower early. Easiest way to dress myself is in gym gear, and maybe it will even lead to some exercise beyond working out the jaw muscles when I clock off. I’m kinda like this:
I’m not overly concerned about losing weight – I love to cook, and to eat, and I’m not stopping that at all – but I’ve not felt strong in some time, so I’ve tried being a little more active and cooking some of the things I love that are a little less butter-laden. Its not that I think I’m getting lardy, I’m just aware that I could be more fit. Plus, I get a really smug feeling when I cook something vaguely health-inducing, and the nigella voices of ‘oh look at that luscious greenery’ and jaime’s sputtering ‘beau-i-fool’s start being muttered as I mix. I get this way every summer. It usually ends in pizza.
One way to enjoy overeating is to eat lots of things you can justify as healthy. In comes this recipe. The dukkah eggs are a take on a recipe from a delicious magazine circa 2006, and the rest is my take on vitamin-ey lentily-ey goodness. Enjoy!
Lentil Salad with Za’atar Eggs
Zest of one lemon, (halve lemon, set aside)
Minced garlic clove
Can of Lentils
Za’atar, dukkah, some sort of crumbly delicious flavour topping
Chives, Mint, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro/Coriander (whatever your preference – fresh herbs)
Mix olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, and the juice of half a lemon in a bowl (enough to dress a single serve of a salad – about 2 tablespoons all up) Microwave for a minute. Drain a can of green lentils. Add to the dressing, toss, and microwave for another 1:30. Meanwhile, chop up the tomato and cucumber (to preference/how hungry you are) and place on top of warm lentils.
Next, take the hard-boiled eggs and spray lightly with canola. Roll in the za’atar/dukkah until coated. Quarter and place on top of tomatoes, cucumbers and lentils.
For the dressing, take some yogurt, chilli, and lemon juice and mix together. (I put this dressing on curries too) Add in the fresh herbs, and you’re set. Drizzle on top.
Serves one hungry person. WIth love, from Charlotte