Wednesday, September 26, 2012

beluga lentils & butternut squash

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a few weeks ago i went a little "bean & legume" crazy at williams sonoma.
i am a sucker for any unique, out of the ordinary ingredient
and if they look pretty, then i know i am in big trouble.
so 4 bags later of unique beans & legumes, paired down from 8 - i was beyond excited for their arrival
(really do i need 8 bags of beans, probably not) 
a few days later they arrived. to sya the least i was not disappointed 
i already showcased my old mother stallard beans in the autumn chili
(click here in case you missed it!)
so this week i wanted to share with you a recipe made with the beluga lentils from that very same mini shopping spree


seriously, this recipe won't disappoint - it is rare that justin will eat something twice in a row
(i must be on a roll - he love the tempeh sliders too!)
it came as quite a surprise to me when he went back for seconds during lunch and enjoyed leftovers that same night for dinner.

that boy is full of surprises.
butternut squash is roasted with chocolate peppers (a variation of the sweet bell pepper) at the same time the lentils are cooking.
wild mushrooms are rinsed and soaked - saving the mushroom "broth" for later, then sauteed with garlic.
local purple plums add a hint of sweetness and color to the final dish - i love the earthy rosemary and winter savory with the delicate sweetness of the plums.
hearty enough for a main course & pretty enough for a show stopping side.
this essentially is the perfect dish for your next holiday or family gathering.
a main course for the vegans and vegetarians in your life
and a little side dish for your more curious loved ones
this dish was best simply dressed with a bit of good quality olive oil and flaky salt.
each component of the dish has such wonderful flavor why cover it up with more flavor than necessary.
how do you plan ahead for holiday meals when travelling - do you always bring a dish to share?
are your loved ones adventurous eaters and willing to try just about anything?
Beluga Lentils & Butternut Squash
serves 4 as a main & 8 as a side
you will need:
1 small butternut squash - peeled, seeded, cubed & roasted
1 chocolate bell pepper - seeded and cut into bite size pieces
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup black beluga lentils + 2 1/2 cups water
4 plums - pitted and cubed
2 tsp fresh winter savory - finely minced
2 tsp fresh rosemary - finely minced
1 cup dried wild mushrooms - 1 1/2 cups re hydrated or fresh
(i used oyster & maitake)
2 garlic cloves - minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
salt & pepper

pre heat oven to 425*

rinse your lentils. in a small sauce pot bring water to a boil, add lentils, cover and simmer for 35 minutes.

peel, seed & cube butternut squash. prep your bell pepper - place pepper and butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet & toss with canola oil & a sprinkle of salt. roast in pre heated oven for 20-25 minutes.

while lentils are cooking and veggies are roasting - rehydrate mushrooms if you are using dry
(place in a medium bowl and cover with water)

pit and cube plums, place in a large bowl - mince herbs and add to bowl.

prep garlic & check on mushrooms. once mushrooms are rehydrated, roughly chop.
heat a medium saute pan over medium high heat - add a turn of olive oil and saute mushrooms and garlic 8-10 minutes until mushrooms are golden brown.
add mushrooms and garlic to the bowl with the herbs & plums.

remove butternut squash & peppers from the oven and add to the bowl.
when lentils are done add to the veggie & herb mix - drizzle 1/4 olive oil & maple syrup, toss to coat veggies and lentils. turn onto a serving platter, sprinkle with good flaky salt and a few turns of freshly cracked pepper. garnish with additional fresh rosemary & winter savory.




  1. Okay - I was hooked from the start, but when you said there were plums in this dish I got so excited! I can't believe how good it all sounds together.

    My family is usually pretty adventurous about the things I bring by, though I do sometimes get feedback like "This was very, very well done. I can tell it's amazing. But personally, it's not my thing..." :P Oh well!

    1. It was better than I thought it would be! Really healthy and super tasty :)

      Hahaha I have definitely heard that line before! I'm always like just try it - just a little bite...I can nver understand why some people are so afraid of food ;)

  2. I'm on a squash and lentil kick myself! This looks gorgeous, like it could be used as the centerpiece for a fall feast!

    1. Such a good recipe for Thanksgiving! I can never get enough of lentils and squash this time of year :)

  3. i love beluga lentils!! (and butternut squash, too!) and chocolate peppers?? what the heck! i need those in my life. i need to make this, too <3

    1. You totally ned some chocolate peppers in your life, not only are they yummy but so pretty too!

  4. Yum, this looks so delicious! I have never tried beluga lentils before- they sounds so fun. I so love all your squash recipes. My husband is weirdly anti-squash, so I will just have to save this for the next big family get together. :)

    1. The Beluga Lentils are fun - just something a little different to get people interested :)

  5. Ooh, this sounds like such a great combination for fall. I would never have thought to add plums to a lentil salad!

    1. I LOVE Plums plus I can never get enough of the sweet and savory combo (which I am sure you have noticed by now!)

  6. Seriously, I pin everything you make. I'm on the verge of being a pinning stalker. In others news...just wondering, do you think this would lose a lot w/out the peppers? I have serious digestive issues with peppers. Haven't ever had chocolate bell peppers but if they are similar to bell peppers I'm guessing it will be the same problem... usually I just omit peppers from my recipes, but I worry I'm losing a lot of key flavor.

    1. Have I told you that I Love that you ar a pinning stalker!....shhh I am too :)

      I don't think this would lose alot without the peppers - they are similiar to bell peppers so if they don't make your tummy happy just leave them out - this will still be amazing! The super stars of this recipe it the lentil and squash :)

  7. This will be a PERFECT side dish for me to serve at Thanksgiving weekend after next :) So looking forward to Thanksgiving here in Canada. My mom and I will be making dinner together. I've been looking for unique side dishes to serve. Thanks for the great idea! Looks delicious :) xo

    1. Awww cooking with your Mom, so sweet! I can't wait to hear about all the yummy food you cooked up for your Thanksgiving :) If you do end up making this let me knwo what you thought! xo

  8. Wow SO many good ingredients in there! The beluga lentils looks so pretty! (I am probably the only person to ever say lentils were pretty haha). The addition of plums is just perfect and I love how the squash just screams fall! Great dish, as always :)

  9. You go crazy for the right ingredients and it come up with gorgeous results my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Could they be any cuter?!? And of course the recipe you used them in makes them even more amazing! LOVE!

    1. They are cute aren't they! I seem to be drawn to cute food - and awesome me a pretty package and 9 times out of 10 I will buy it :)

  11. There is not one aspect to this salad that I don't love: butternut squash, beluga lentils, wild mushrooms, plums! Did you make this dish just for me? You are just too kind! ;-) Awesome recipe, Heather. Truly!

    1. And there is not one aspect that I don't love about YOU! I absolutely made this dish for you, now only if you lived next door we would be able to enjoy this together!

  12. another gorgeous creation! and how cool are the ingredients .. chocolate peppers plums and the gorgeous color from the squash!

    1. Haha you and I are always drawn to the same things in a recipe - colors and composition! I loved all the colors and flavors too :)

  13. Love beluga lentils! And this gorgeous dish.

    1. I loved everything about this dish....except the fact my sister said the leftovers weren't very pretty, so much so she didn't even try it!


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