On New Year’s Day, I wanted to fill our table with as many lucky foods as possible — including the Banana Cornbread and this rich, delicious lentil dish. We could definitely use a little luck as we head into 2013 — it has to be a better year.
And so far, it’s been mostly good. The kids returned to school this week. They came home on Thursday and Friday, happy to be back in class and excited to return to our routines — however changed they are. Therapy dogs made school time special, and Paige loved being able to visit the school library again. For me, work has been off to an amazing start this year — which makes me so happy and excited for things to come.
So far, 2013 is pretty good — thank goodness.
But life is never all good (or all bad), is it? So, there is one thing that’s not all smiles and excitement right now. One of our beagles, Scrappy, isn’t well — he’s recovering from a neck injury and had a set back last night. But I am hoping our new course of treatment will help him heal. He just has to — he’s an important part of our little family.
As for these lucky Sauteed Leeks with Bacon and Lentils? This is one recipe you want to bookmark and make. Trust me.
The sweet sauteed leeks, salty bacon and meaty lentils combine to make it a lovely rich and delicious dish that’s perfect for ringing in a lucky New Year (we had it on New Year’s this year!) or anytime you want to warm up on a cold night. This recipe originally appeared on Sarah’s Cucina Bella in 2009. At the time, I talked about how while it’s not the prettiest dish, it is amazingly delicious.
It’s a lovely side dish — but it can also be the star of a meal when served over rice with a big salad. For bigger appetites though, you may want to double the recipe.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.