We’ve all been in this situation; last minute relatives and friends pop over unannounced during the holidays. You scramble around in the kitchen thinking of what you can make without having to step foot outside to buy more stuff. The answer is this! If you have a basic pantry, use those canned beans or dried lentils. I love using red lentils because they cook up fast and you can still flavor them however you like. For this recipe, I’m using cumin in the cooking water to add a subtle spice. If you have canned beans (chickpeas and white beans work great), you can sub out the lentils and use two 15-ounce cans instead.
After the lentils are tender, I blitz them with loads of fresh herbs. Pretty much anything in the fridge will work. I used a mixture of dill, mint and cilantro in mine, then a big squeeze of lemon juice and fresh garlic. Find some pretty vegetables to chop up and serve them up on a platter. Healthy and comforting, the perfect holiday entertaining dish.
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