• 1 cup french lentils
  • 1/4 cup pom vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard (not hot dog mustard)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 pepper minced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • pom seeds from the vinegar

welcome back! after this crazy food fest of a holiday (i celebrated thanksgiving 2 times) i’m starting my month off with a surprise. this year i am starting my new years resolution early.

i’m on this new health kick. i’m trying to get back in shape. this probably is the most horrible time to do it because every blog post i have seen this morning has been for cookies. the baking has begun and i’m trying to stay away (help!).

i started my morning with jillian michaels. my breakfast, a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter (yummy). lunch, a quinoa salad. dinner, kale stir fry with brown rice.

the one thing i do love about eating healthy and watching my food intake is that i can eat beans, lots of beans. i am a huge lentil fan. huge, big. i love them. my other favorite, spinach. i love spinach more then any other food. i love it in salads, sauteed, in pasta, in lasagna, i love it in everything. what would happen if i combined my two loves into one meal? a really good dinner :-)

i made this lentil salad a couple weeks back. the best thing about this salad is that you can use it in multiple ways. one night we had it over steamed spinach, the next day my kids had it in quesadillas, the following we had it over fish and then everyone was looking for more.

 lentil salad

to prepare the lentils: 

  1. bring lentils and 2 cups of water to a boil. simmer the lentils for about 20 minutes. when lentils are cooked, not mushy, french lentils hold their shape, drain and rinse quickly under some cold water. empty into a bowl. set aside and make your salad.

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup pom vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard (not hot dog mustard)
  • 1 tsp honey

mix and whisk pom vinegar, olive oil, mustard and honey.

for the salad:

  1. cut and mix all of the following ingredients together:

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