Fall in love with lentils.

Rosemary, thyme, and lemon lend this simple low-carb dinner some serious flavour served on protein-rich lentils for a filling meal that lasts.


  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (170g) medium red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 slices (90g) pancetta, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 800 gram canned brown lentils, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 x 150g uncrumbed pork schnitzels
  • 1 (140g) medium lemon, cut into cheeks
  • 1 bunch (170g) asparagus, trimmed, sliced thinly lengthways


Pork steaks with sauteed lentils

  • 1Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat; cook onion, garlic and pancetta, stirring, until onion softens. Add rosemary and 3 sprigs of the thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add lentils and the water; reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until water evaporates. Stir in juice.
  • 2Meanwhile, cut pork in half crossways. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook pork, in batches, for 2 minutes each side or until browned and cooked. Remove from pan; rest, covered, for 2 minutes.
  • 3Cook lemon halves, cut-side down, in pan for 3 minutes or until charred.
  • 4Boil, steam or microwave asparagus until just tender; drain. Season to taste.
  • 5Serve pork with lentils, asparagus and lemon; sprinkle with remaining thyme leaves. Season with pepper.