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Roasted vegetable and green lentil salad

Pulses, legumes, grains and seeds are great off-the-shelf staples that add bulk, fibre and valuable nutrients to your diet. Try these light and hearty recipes to kickstart a new way of cooking.



1.Rinse lentils, then stir into a large saucepan of 4 cups boiling water. Cover and simmer gently for 20-25 minutes until just tender. Drain off excess moisture.
2.Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180ºC. Toss the beets, red onion, capsicum and cherry tomatoes in the oil and roast for 15-20 minutes until tender and just coloured.
3.Combine lemon juice, oil, honey, ginger and spices in a screwtop jar and shake well.
4.To serve, layer the warm lentils with the roasted vegetables. Crumble over the feta, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs. Drizzle over dressing before serving.

Green lentils are a versatile legume and can be used like rice, couscous or quinoa. They have a slightly nutty, earthy flavour, but also take on the flavours they are cooked with. Use in soups as a thickening ingredient or in casseroles to soak up the juices. Lentils are a great source of protein and fabulous for heart and digestive health.


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