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FRIDGE FORAGE (or clean) to create some sort of healthy spring like side after a few days away. If you’re like me, you sometimes have some veg left which are just past their best when you get home from a few days away. Food waste is one of the biggest wastes of energy which impacts the environment so creating dishes to limit this makes a positive difference. So here is my version of braised little gems with shallots and peas based on a Waitrose recipe. It’s delicious and a perfect vegetarian side dish.


12.5g butter or 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large shallot, finely sliced 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 little gem lettuces, cut in half 100g petit pois 50g kale 100ml vegetable stock 5g of mint leaves 1 tbsp finely chopped chives 5g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped 5g basil leaves

RECIPE 1. Melt the butter in a large flat pan over a medium heat. 2. Sauté the shallot for 3 - 4 minutes, until softened. 3. Add the frozen peas and cook for another 2 minutes. 4. Add the garlic and kale and sauté for another 2 minutes. 5. Add in the little gem lettuce and cover with stock. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 6. Season well and mix in the mint, parsley and chives. 7. Top with basil and serve.

Serve as part of a vegetarian sharing meal, or with grilled fish or chicken for a healthy post work supper.


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