Braised Broad Bean, Courgette and Lettuce Lentils

A plate full of green – this recipe is not only tasty but packed fully of nutrients. It’s wonderful to enjoy outside, drenched in the sun, with a refreshing cool drink.

When to eat

I recommend eating this dish from June to September.


Serves 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This meal is around 90% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.65 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21.87 KM in a modern car.
How do I calculate this?


  • 150 g Broad Beans (podded)
  • 1 Medium Courgette
  • 1 Head Little Gem Lettuce
  • 150 g Green Lentils
  • 1 Lemon
  • 15 g Basil
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 5 g Rosemary
  • 2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 500 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil


  • Place the green lentils in a deep pan and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Drain and reserve.
  • Whilst the lentils are cooking. Place the Broad Beans into a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for about 5 minutes until the outside of the broad beans begins to wrinkle and the beans soften. Drain and reserve.
  • Dice the courgette into 1 cm half moons. Zest and juice the lemon. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Finely chop the rosemary and garlic and toss into the frying pan along with the cumin. Fry for a couple of minutes. Tip the chopped courgettes into the rosemary oil. Increase the heat of the pan and fry the courgette for about 8 minutes, stirring well, until the pieces have softened and are beginning to colour on the outside. Roughly chop and add the lettuce to the pan with a about 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Fry for a further couple of minutes until the lettuce begins to wilt. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the cooked lentils, leave the pan to cool a little. Roughly chop the basil and then scatter over the pan mixture along with the lemon zest.
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