Braised Lentils with Arugula and Poached Eggs

Braised Lentils with Arugula and Poached EggsIMG_3833

Give toast a rest and substitute these spicy lentils and anti-oxidant rich arugula to accompany your next poached eggs.

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large celery stalk, diced
  • 2 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 5 cups orange lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 large eggs
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives for garnish, divided amongst plates


Cooking Directions

Heat a medium to large pan and add olive oil to warm through. Add the onion and celery, and cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic, lentils, tomato purée, vegetable stock and balsamic vinegar. Bring everything to a low boil. Turn heat to low and let the mixture gently simmer for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender and most, but not all, of the liquid is absorbed. You may need to add more stock during cooking.

When the lentils are cooked, turn off the heat and add the arugula. Stir and allow it to sit until the greens are just barely wilted.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a gentle boil. Crack eggs individually into a bowl. Create a gentle whirlpool in the water with a whisk and slowly tip the eggs, one at a time into the water, white first. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and blot on paper towel.

Spoon a generous portion of lentils onto the plates and gently slide a poached egg on top. Garnish with freshly chopped chives, salt and freshly ground pepper.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 247 kcals calories; 28 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 15 g protein, 9 g fibre, 230 mg sodium