Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza

A high protein, utterly delicious new way of making a pizza. ¾ cup (180 mL) dry red lentils 1½ (375 mL) cups water 1 Tbsp (15 mL)  olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped ½ small eggplant, diced 1 lb (500 g) sweet potato, cubed 1 can (28 oz – 796 mL) Italian Style diced...

The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger

As one of Quebec’s top chefs, when Charles Part of the legendary Les Fougères dubbed this a “Whale of a Burger”, I listened.  Then I read…and headed to my local lentil purveyor immediately.  You could substitute dried cranberries (Canadian-only please) for the apricots or serve it in a flatbread...

Smoked Bacon Lentil Ragout

When Dana was at The Waterfont Centre she had a marvellous herb garden.  After the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the Waterfront was the second hotel in Canada to have its own bee hives. When Dana  Hauser worked there she was the first female executive chef in the entire Fairmont chain.  She served...

Slow Roasted Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Berkshire Pork Belly on Du Puy Lentils

Serve this fabulous dish over double-smoked bacon and caramelized-onion Du Puy lentils  with a  Saskatoon berry gastrique. It’s a great combination. Rub for the Pork Belly: 5 lbs rind-on pork belly ¼ cup Kosher salt 2 tsp black pepper; restaurant grind 1 tbsp crushed caraway seeds 1 tbsp dry...

Beet, Bocconcini and Tomato Lentil Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Making use of sweet, ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs, the secret ingredient in this beet and lentil salad is a good Dijon-style mustard. It’s great to take along on summer picnics and potlucks. Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time:30 minutes SALAD: 2 cups (500 mL) cooked green beluga...

Ranchero Beef Steak

Pay homage to the grill with your favourite Canadian beef steak. The sauce in this recipe goes well with any Grilling or Marinating steak — it’s somewhat smoky and spicy and loaded with garden vegetables. If you can’t take the heat, reduce the amount of chipotle pepper by half....

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

This year (2016)  the world is celebrating pulses…those amazing, protein-packed, easy to cook legumes that are so at home in Canada. Here’s a recipe that you can use at any time of the year. The ‘burger’ mixture can be prepared a day ahead of time and cooked either for full size burger buns but we...

Crispy Pickerel with Chorizo and Green Lentil Ragout

Both Harissa with its characteristic heat and the lemony-flavoured Sumac are available at Persian food markets.  Like many of the other recipes, the Lentil Ragout, this time well-endowed with Chorizo and kale, could easily stand on its own The Fish: ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp sumac 1 Tbsp Harissa...

Warm Balsamic Lentil Salad

The friend who shared this recipe writes that he uses it under his grilled salmon fillets. It’s great with the balsamic-style cider vinegar from Nova Scotia, maple vinegar from Quebec, an off-dry wine vinegar from Niagara or the fabulous, authentically-made, balsamic from Venturi-Schultz Vancouver...

Lentil Lemon Soup

2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped pinch hot red pepper flakes 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin 1½ cups (375 mL) dry split red lentils, cleaned and rinsed 6 cups (1.5L) chicken stock 2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice 2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, finely chopped salt and pepper to...