Friday, December 30, 2011

Serving up luck for the New Year

There are many foods thought to bring good luck and fortune in the New Year. In the Italian tradition lentils are eaten, as they are thought to resemble coins, bringing with them prosperity in the New Year. 

Not only are lentils naturally gluten free, but they are also jam packed with nutrients and health benefits. Lentils are high in fibre and a great source of B vitamins. They are also high in iron, making them an excellent meat substitute for vegans and vegetarians. Lentils are a cholesterol lowering food and are full of protein. 

So with all these health benefits in mind, and hope of some extra luck in 2012, we have decided to make a lentil salad to serve on New Years Eve. See recipe below. 

2011 has been such an amazing year and we would like to thank you for all the support you have given us! This year we kick started our blog and even started up our very own Facebook page. If you haven’t already, head over and click LIKE on our page, or you could be missing out on loads of extra tips and gluten free news! 

Wishing you a safe and happy new year and looking forward to more great adventures and surprises in the kitchen in 2012! 

2 rashers bacon, diced 
1 tin (400g) lentils 
1/2 Spanish onion, finely sliced 
1/2 tin (200g) whole baby beetroot 
25g walnuts, roughly chopped 
2 tablespoons continental parsley, chopped 
1 tablespoon mint, chopped 
60g goats cheese, crumbled 
Juice of 1 lemon 
1 tablespoon oil 

1. Fry bacon in a non-stick pan until browned and crisp. Once cooked, place on a plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb the oil. 

2. Drain and rinse the tinned lentils and place into a medium bowl. Add the bacon, Spanish onion, walnuts, parsley and mint, and stir together. Cut the baby beetroots into quarters (or halves depending on size) and add to bowl. 

3. Whisk lemon juice and oil in a separate bowl and pour over lentils. Season with salt and pepper. 

4. Add crumbled goats cheese and toss through salad.

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  1. That looks like a delicious and healthy way to welcome in the new year! :D

  2. I've just found your blog, and love it! This looks like a great recipe and I can't wait to read more.

    Your post on GF eating in NYC has reinvigorated my travel bug. Thanks so much!