Asparagus and lentil salad with poached eggs

Luke Mangan

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Have you poached anything lately? No, I don't mean as in running off with farmer Brown's deer. I'm talking about what the French call pochage, the art of cooking food by gently simmering it in liquid. We've all probably poached an egg but what about fish, meat, poultry, fruit, meatballs? It's an easy technique that results in lovely, pure flavours and textures. Here's an easy recipe to begin with.

Asparagus and lentil salad with poached eggs.
Photo: Jennifer Soo

Ingredients

  • 200g brown or green lentils
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 300g tin chickpeas, drained
  • Small handful watercress
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • Splash of vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Method

  1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and add the lentils. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the asparagus into 1cm pieces. Place the asparagus and chickpeas in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lentils, asparagus, chickpeas and watercress. Add the mustard and stir through. Season to taste.
  4. Poach four eggs by bringing a large pan of shallow water to a gentle simmer. Add a splash of vinegar. Cook the eggs, two at a time, by gently cracking them into the water. Poach for about 3 minutes, or until cooked but with runny yolks.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry with paper towel.
  6. To serve, spoon a mound of lentil salad on to each serving plate. Place an egg on top and drizzle with olive oil.
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  • Main Ingredients - Lentils, Eggs, Chickpeas
  • Course - Side Dish, Lunch
  • Occasion - Family meals

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8 reviews so far

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    The problem with going meat free on Mondays is by Tuesday people will have a protein deficiency and become very frail. This kind of diet advice is completely unsustainable.

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    Sean_
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    January 06, 2014, 10:40AM
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Which is why it's called Meat-Free Monday, Sean, not Protein-Free Monday. So if you try the recipe, I promise you won't be wasted away by Tuesday (although nutritional ignorance may kill you eventually).

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      JR
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      January 06, 2014, 1:30PM
    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

      Chickpeas, lentils and eggs are all packed with protein. Enjoy your colonoscopy. I will enjoy this delicious looking meal.

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      Yossarian
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      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 1:42PM
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not meat free. What about the eggs. Definitely an animal product. 12.4% protein and calorie ratio ~1.4 per gram. Lentils cooked protein 6.8% Calorie ratio 0.77. Chick peas canned drained protein 7.5% Calorie ratio 1.25 per gram. Plenty of protein with about 13 grams. Your cooked lean steak is about 31.5% protein and 177 calories if grilled. Personally whats not to love about this easy to make and deliciously good for you meal.

      Commenter
      Quantum of Solace
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      The Real World
      Date and time
      January 17, 2014, 10:08AM
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sean you are kidding aren't you?

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    Alison
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    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 1:08PM
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    I once went vegan for a week after being on the paleo diet and didn't suffer from a protein deficiency. In fact I felt much better, didn't realise it until I went back to eating animal corpses. Sean is full of it, there is more than enough protein in non animal based foods and fruit and vegetables are richer in nutrition than meat. Low carb / high protein diets are a path to depression and lethargy, vegan for the win.

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    Paleo Pete
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 07, 2014, 6:12AM
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Paleo Pete, your comment on low carb/high protein diet leading to depression and lethargy is as absurd as Sean's

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      Quantum of Solace
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      January 29, 2014, 4:10PM
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WHOA. So if you don't eat meat for 24 hours you instantly become "very frail".

    Please link me to the peer reviewed study on "frailness brought on by 24 hour meat fasting".

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    jacksonjesse
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    January 08, 2014, 2:32PM

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