Lentils With Roasted Beetroot And Goats Cheese

Lentils are small but powerful legumes that provide many health benefits when consumed.  Not only do they help to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and help prevent constipation but they can also help stabilise blood sugar levels, increase your energy and help with weight loss.  Sound great don’t they?  If you’d like to try lentils but are not sure how, try this delicious lentil salad, perfect to serve with lamb or steak.

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Ingredients

1kg of beetroot, trimmed (approximately 3 x beetroot)

Olive oil

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

400g can of lentils, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp of red wine vinegar

60g goats cheese, crumbled

½ cup fresh mint leaves

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  2. Wrap each beetroot in tin foil  then bake for one hour on a baking tray before setting aside to cool
  3. Remove the tinfoil then peel the beetroot and cut into wedges (note: you may want to wear rubber gloves when you peel the beetroot so you don’t stain your hands)
  4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  5. Cook onion until soft then add garlic and cook for a further two minutes
  6. Add lentils and beetroot then cook until heated through
  7. Transfer to a large bowl then add vinegar and mint leaves
  8. Toss to combine and serve

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