Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lucky Lentil Salad and a Coupon

Since tomorrow is Friday the 13th, I am giving you a reason to eat lucky.

Lentils are lucky. Thought to bring prosperity, they are typically eaten during New Years celebrations. But why not now! We can all use a little luck, and everyone could use a bit of prosperity. Besides, this is tasty as all get out. Happy Friday the 13th!

And don't forget, after the recipe is our new coupon!

Lucky Lentil Salad

1 lb green lentils
1 cup sweet onion
2-3 tbsp fresh tarragon
1 green bell pepper
1 tbsp five spice powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp bacon bits (optional)

In a large sauce pan, cover the lentils with 2-3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook. Check after 15 minutes for doneness, they should be tender, but not mushy. Rinse and set aside.

While the lentils are cooking, finely dice the bell pepper and the onion. Combine the olive oil with the spices and whisk to combine.

Toss the lentils and veggies together in a large bowl, adding the olive oil mixture slowly until well distributed. Drizzle on the balsamic 1 tbsp at a time. This is a taste and see method. A little over 3 tbsp seems to be perfect, but my husband liked the full 4 tbsp.

Eat lucky!

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