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Roasted beetroot and feta lentils

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This is the first new recipe I’ve tried in a while and it’s perfect for a dark winter evening. Full of nutrients to make you feel good in the post-Christmas health drive, but easy enough to make quickly with just a few ingredients. Definitely my kind of recipe.

It’s one I brought home from a dinner party at a friend’s house last month. She served it alongside a vegetable curry – but we ate it at home with some oven baked chicken, rice and vegetables. Seeing as my culinary skills lately have amounted to little more than the fallback pasta and pesto or a cheese toastie, I felt pretty good that I’d managed to cook something that was healthy, tasted amazing and wait for it – loved by the kids. Well, the youngest, her brother liked the lentils but picked out the beetroot. Can’t win ’em all!

I haven’t posted a recipe before, mainly because of the aforementioned failure to be inventive in the kitchen, but also because I’ve found food is notoriously hard to photograph well – especially on a dark January evening with no natural light. So I hope I’ve managed to make it look half as good as it tastes. And if you’ve got tips for capturing food on camera, please send them my way.

Roasted beetroot and feta lentils

Puy lentils – you could cook your own but I used a packet of Merchant Gourmet pre-cooked ones. I’ve never used these before but they are really handy.

Cubed feta cheese

About 200ml vegetable stock

Fresh beetroot, peeled and cubed. I used about four.

Spread the lentils in an ovenproof dish and put the cubed beetroot and feta on top. Pour over a small amount of stock, just covering the base of the dish. You can always add more if needed. Cover with foil and bake at about 180C for 45 minutes, or until the beetroot is soft. And that’s it! It really is that easy, and tastes fab.

X Julia

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    Mini Travellers
    February 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Need to try this! Looks fab. I also need to work out a way of saving individual blog posts I want to go back to in categories! Any ideas!
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      Rainbeaubelle
      February 1, 2015 at 7:46 am

      It’s so easy and gorgeous! Hmm I would probably just bookmark them or save as favourites on my iPad, or sometimes I take a screen grab of a recipe so I have it as a photo xx

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    February 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hmmmmm – we have just turned veggie during the week so it is great to have recipes like this! #sundaystars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      February 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      It’s a good one, I’ve made it twice in the past few weeks. Tho my friend told me today it’s also good with bacon! X

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    sarah christie
    February 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    ooh that looks so tasty Julia I love beetroot xx
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      Rainbeaubelle
      February 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Give it a try! X

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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    February 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love feta- but do you know I am not sure I have ever eaten lentils!! x
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    mummyofboygirltwins
    February 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Yummy love this! Will be trying this out for sure. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Jess x
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    Karen
    February 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    That looks absolutely gorgeous, but don’t know if I could be doing with all the red beetroot-y mess I’m afraid. Love the idea of lentils and feta though – yummy!
    Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars
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    Californian Mum in London
    February 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This would be yummy without the feta (I’m one of those strange people who don’t like feta). Looks healthy and wintery!
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    Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes
    February 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    wow sounds delicious! Simple food is always the best! #tastytuesdays
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    jenna
    February 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Mmmmmmm love beetroot – have to try this!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx
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    Christine (Yogaberry)
    February 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    oh thank you! Must try that! I’m not a fan of beetroot but it’s so healthy and the feta cheese might just make it bearable… And yes it stains!!!! #sharewithme
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    Everything Mummy
    February 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Sounds delicious! x
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    Clare Mansell
    February 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

    That looks delicious, I love all the ingredients in their own right, but together even better! πŸ™‚
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    Kat | Beau Twins
    February 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I would have loved this pre pregnancy but for some reason I can’t stand Feta anymore! πŸ™ But it looks delicious!! Well done lovely! xxx
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    HonestMum
    February 7, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Haha love the healthy sign, my kind of food-love it! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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      Rainbeaubelle
      February 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you! X

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    Jenny
    February 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This sound delicious. Although my hands always get stained too with beetroot. lol Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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    mamasvib
    March 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    OOH I love beetroot – but am so bad at roasting it (yes I am) – lovely healthy lunch though I really want to try this x
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