Lentils with Garden Vegetables, Avocado, Walnuts and Hummus

She’s a brainiac, braaaainiac, at your door. And she’s thinking like she never thought before.


Brain food! Not brains in the food, ya silly boob, but food that’s good for your brain, ya lilly moob.

You know how we’re supposed to eat certain foods that look like certain parts of our body because those foods are good for those parts? Like, carrots are good for your eyes, and they look like an eye when you slice it in half? Not a sliced eye, ya milly loob, but a sliced carrot. But ya know? And walnuts LOOK like a brain, and they’re good for your brain, ya know?

Let’s see what else is there?

Oh! Tomatoes are good for your heart, and they look like a heart! All red and chambery inside. Kidney beans obviously look like a pancreas. I mean a kidney. Sliced mushrooms look like ears, and they’re good for hearing. Not sliced ears, ya pilly poob! Citrus looks like the mammary glands of boobs, and are actually really healthy for boobs.

And I’ve said boob way too much in this post already.

Isn’t it awesome?


I wonder what one might eat to make their hair healthy? What looks like hair . . . um, pasta? Soba noodles? Grass? Actual hair?

Dental floss?


To the naked eye, one might not think these flavors work well together. With all that hummus on top. And what is that . . . sambal oelek? Good grief. And sliced avocado under it, all mixed it in with lentils and garden greens and vegetables? And garnished with toasted walnuts? WHAT IS THIS RIFF RAFF MALARKEY HOG WASH?

We-heh-heeeell, only the best brain food combo out there, SON.

Not that there’s any hope for me or anything.

But you. You! You have a chance in this life! Reach out and TAKE HOLD. Become the flying sorcerer you want to be!


You’re a brainiac. BRAAAAINIAC, at my doo-hoo-ooo’. And you’re thinking like you never thought befo’!


. . . getting life.

Lentils with Garden Vegetables, Avocado, Walnuts and Hummus:

What it took for 2:

* 1/2 cup uncooked French green lentils, picked over for any stones
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 to 1/2 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, sliced into small pieces
* 6 cups chopped garden greens (I used swiss chard, kale and spinach)
* 1/2 avocado, sliced
* 2-4 Tbs. favorite hummus
* 2-4 tsp samal oelek
* small handful of toasted walnuts
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the lentils in boiling water until tender, but not broken, 20 to 25 minutes. (if you can’t find French lentils and are using regular green lentils, the timing may be shorter. Start checking at the 15-minute mark.)

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add the asparagus and sauté until slightly tender, 3 minutes. Add the garlic; bloom 30 seconds. Add the remaining chopped garden greens and sauté until wilted, 2 minutes. If you need to add a little water to help it along, don’t! Just kidding, you totally can. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Serve lentils with sautéed greens, topped with avocado slices, a dollop of hummus and a little sambal oelek.

And the walnuts.



What about a shoestring for my hair?

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43 Responses to Lentils with Garden Vegetables, Avocado, Walnuts and Hummus

  1. Tieghan May 30, 2013 at 7:50 am #
    Looks pretty perfect to me! I love lentils and adore veggies and walnuts and i LOVE avocados!
  2. thelittleloaf May 30, 2013 at 7:57 am #
    What an absolutely gorgeous recipe - exactly the kind of thing I love to pack for my lunch.
  3. Megan {Country Cleaver} May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am #
    Git outtahh heeeeeahhh. Lentils make my heart sing!
  4. Dara @How_To_Eat May 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #
    This looks like the perfect summer meal! I think I would try it with a piece of seared salmon on top. Delish!
  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 30, 2013 at 9:38 am #
    I adore lentils. These look so tasty!
  6. angela@ another bite please May 30, 2013 at 10:13 am #
    i love lentils...and with all those bright fresh vegies...sounds like a perfect lunch to be having right now...and i really need some brain food now...stuck here in my cubicle at work.
  7. Elizabeth May 30, 2013 at 10:16 am #
    Hit me with a sorcerer's saber- this looks delightful!
  8. dixya| food, pleasure, and health May 30, 2013 at 10:36 am #
    i think eating a plateful of this will help all my body organs inside out :)
  9. Nutmeg Nanny May 30, 2013 at 10:44 am #
    Wow, I think this looks amazing! I'd eat this up in a heartbeat :)
  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am #
    Dang, this is so awesome!! Looks amazing!
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm #
    I love the big pile of hummus right on top! Nice!!!
  12. Sheila May 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm #
    I have a whole bag of lentils screaming to be used...what a super yum idea!
  13. Cindy May 31, 2013 at 1:12 am #
    This looks amazing! I think I could eat this meal almost everyday. Great post!
  14. Ruta May 31, 2013 at 5:45 am #
    That is beautiful food right there. I love eating these types of meals, as they always leave me feeling super energized.
  15. Tracey @ Cooking with Love May 31, 2013 at 7:40 am #
    Looks fantastic! Definitely trying this! :)
  16. Laura May 31, 2013 at 8:28 am #
    Oh my goodness I want to eat this every day. And read "silly boob" and variations on that all day, every day for the rest of my life. Many wins :)
  17. Lisa | With Style and Grace May 31, 2013 at 8:51 am #
    wow, I never thought about them looking like body organs before! I can totally see it now. Love this!
  18. Belinda @themoonblushbaker May 31, 2013 at 11:25 am #
    Even though walnut look like brains I heard that they help with Cholesterol (bad kind) control. You can make it "fun" salad by using kidney beans instead of lentils; then it can be a nurture your organs salad! Great recipe!
  19. DessertForTwo June 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm #
    First off, this plate is all my favorite foods in one. Love that. Love you. Second, I will try eating dental floss and let you know how it does for my hair. Mmmminty!
  20. Cookie and Kate June 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm #
    I want to dive into that plate. I see all of my favorite things! Hi hummus, hi lentils, hi avocado...
  21. Christina June 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm #
    I have had a crazy craving for lentils lately. Once again your recipe is very timely. Creepy timely.
  22. Mēgan June 8, 2013 at 9:07 am #
    I'm a lentil love and can't wait to try this!!! PS love your description, hiiiiilarious :) Thank you ! Mēgan
  23. LadyCervantes June 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm #
    I love this meal! The other day, while shopping in TJ, I spotted this gorgeous, yummy sausages. They were not on my shopping list, but I knew I wouldn't regret the spontaneous purchase. This afternoon, I decided to CIO a pasta dish an include these sausages. Not sure as to what ingredients to use, I quickly turned to the Internet and found your blog :) I had verything in my fridge (score) and my family just lived this dish. Thank you!
  24. Anonymous June 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm #
    You're HILARIOUS... Good looking recipe too :)
  25. Em @ Love A Latte July 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm #
    Oh this looks ridiculously delicious!!!
  26. Splatterpants August 15, 2013 at 3:19 am #
    That looks like fecal debris.
  27. Stephanie February 11, 2014 at 10:53 am #
    This was delicious! I was worried there wouldn't be enough flavor, but I was wrong. It was perfect. Great texture and very hearty and filling. I added broccoli rabe, since I had some on hand, and it was an excellent addition. I also substituted Sriracha for Sambal. I will definitely make it again. Oh, and my husband and our friends all liked it too.
  28. Kim March 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #
    This is lovely...since seeing recipe on Pinterest I've made this every week - can't get enough !!!
  29. Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} June 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm #
    I just made this for dinner for the family and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing :)
  30. Emily June 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm #
    This recipe is eye-closingly good! I flipping love lentils and thought the ingredients were an interesting combo, but wowee!! They work so well together. It feels like eating a bowl of smiles :)
  31. Jules @ WolfItDown February 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm #
    My clever days are few and far between - I need me some of this! It looks and sounds delicious :D Have have used sambal oelek once before and it worked a treat in stir-fries :) Just gonna be careful not to use too much of it, as it can be hawt! Thanks for the recipe, I have saved it for future inspiration ^ ^
  32. Amanda September 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm #
    This was so good! I added some shaved radishes and fennel and it was amazing!
  33. geet July 25, 2017 at 5:01 am #
    great! thank for sharing this will try this out for sure. cheers!


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