I sometimes pick up recipe cards from supermarkets. It’s a good way to find new ideas for dinner and to broaden my repertoire. This one is one of them with a little modification.

We like lentils. They are filling and full of nutrients and can be used in many different ways: soup, dip, side dish, you name it.

The below is our recent favourite, lentils with pork and tomatoes. It’s very easy and pretty quick to cook, so perfect for school run when I have little time to cook.

Pork medallions with tomatoes and lentils accompanied with broccoli and cauliflower served on a white plate

Ingredients

  • 100g red split lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 pork medallions
  • 1 large onion or 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 springs of thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 400 ml vegetable stock
  • broccoli

Method

Portion: 4
Preparation:
 10 minutes
Cooking time: 
30 minutes

  1. Rinse the lentils in cold water, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the pork medallions for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. If frying the meat used up all the oil heat a spoonful of olive oil and fry the shallots/onion for a few minutes until soft, then add the tomatoes and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the thyme, mustard, stock and lentils and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid off.
  4. Reduce the heat, and add the pork medallions to the pan, simmering for a further 8-10 minutes until the pork is cooked through with no pink meat. Meanwhile, either steam or boil the broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Season the pork and lentils and serve with the broccoli.

Swap the pork for boneless sea bass fillets for a delicious fish alternative.

From Waitrose recipe card.

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