Green peas and dried lentils are spiced up with onions, garlic and fresh rosemary in this healthful dish. Lentils offer a valuable amount of iron, along with plenty of folate and low-fat protein. They're also a very good source of niacin and potassium.
3 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup brown lentils
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
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Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over moderately high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
Add the lentils, 2 cups water, the rosemary and a good grinding of pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Serve with rice, polenta or flatbread.
Add the peas and salt to taste. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the peas are heated through.