A few weeks ago, I volunteered my blog to a company who offers honest critique and criticism. I’m always looking to improve my blog in some way, so I decided it might be beneficial, and as it turns out, it really was! Peek is the name of the online user testing company. Basically, you submit your website’s address and a “user” visits your site and explores the posts, tabs, pictures, functionality, etc., for five minutes. While they are exploring your site, the voice of the user is being recorded so that you can hear what they have to say while watching how they maneuver around your site.
I was extremely pleased with the results; there were only two areas of critique which the user seemed to focus on. The first, was my blog’s logo. They didn’t care for the font choice, but that’s a personal opinion, and I completely support that. The next was that my side dishes section was lacking much selection. That, Dear Reader, I can fix!
So, here’s my new favourite side dish! As I have mentioned a time or two before, I love recipes that are easy to prepare and have few ingredients. It’s an even bigger bonus if those ingredients are cheap and readily available. I’m not sure there’s any kitchen void of onions, mustard, butter, and a can or two of lentils. Is there?
This side dish can be eaten on it’s own – it’s really that delicious, but imagine it as a topping to a simple baked potato, or plated next to some freshly steamed vegetables. For those of us who dare, how about placing a big dollop of this onto your pan-seared chicken breast, or your oven-baked pork chop! Good, right?
Either way, it’s wonderful and I’m sure you’ll love it!
- 3 large onions, halved and finely sliced lengthwise
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 540ml can lentils, drained and rinsed
- Saute the sliced onions with the salt and the pepper in the olive oil and butter on medium heat until well caramelized. Be patient with this process. The onions should be light brown in colour.
- Add the minced garlic and dried chili flakes. Continue to sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Add the drained and rinsed lentils and cook until heated through - about 2-3 minutes should do it.
- Lastly, stir in the mustard and the sour cream and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately.