Prosciutto Cotto and Lentils

Prosciutto Cotto and LentilsLentils have 18 grams of protein per serving, making them the third highest level of protein than any other plant food. Garbanzo beans and wheat berries both have 12 grams of protein per serving.

types of lentilsOut of all the varieties that are grown for consumption, the French Green Lentils are considered the most flavorful, having a delicate peppery taste.

They originated in Puy, France, though today they are also grown in Canada (highest production) Italy and the United States.

The French variety lentil hold their shape well while only taking about 30 to 40 minutes to cook.

On New Year’s Eve in Italy people eat “lenticchie stufate” or in a soup. Why? This is an old symbol of good luck in the Italian tradition, because of their round shape, which resembles coins. They say the more you eat, the more wealth that comes to you.

Our featured recipe contains French Green Lentils, and here is what you well need to prepare your own Prosciutto Cotto and Lentils.

diced vegetables for Prosciutto Cotto and Lentils

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2 medium stalks celery, diced

2 medium yellow carrots, diced

1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 small red onion chopped

1/2 cup tomato paste

4 1/2 cups broth, your choice beef – chicken – vegetable

3/4 pound prosciutto cotto – about 2 slices 1/2 inch cut, cut into 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch squares

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons avocado oil

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil and minced garlic – sauté until fragrant.

adding vegetables to garlicNext add prepared onion – carrots and sweet potato and mix together.

adding lentils and tomato paste Next add rinsed lentils and mix in. Then add tomato paste and stir being sure ever lentil is coated.

adding brothAdd broth, place lid on pot and simmer 30 minutes or until lentils are cooked.

After 30 minutes there will be only about 1 cup or so of broth – drain and set aside – leave lentil mixture in soup pot.

warming avocado oil and pork fatIn a warm pan with avocado oil add some prosciutto fat with prepare prosciutto cotto and sauté in oil until meat is warmed.

We used refined high heat (to 550 degrees) avocado oil, which has no flavor, therefore not contaminating or changing the smoked flavor of the prosciutto cotto.

Remove meat and mix with lentil mixture.

Prosciutto Cotto and Lentils - close upSpoon Prosciutto Cotto and Lentils to a platter and serve.

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Roasted Trout with Baby Potatoes and Asparagus

Roasted Trout with Baby Potatoes and AsparagusTrout is one of the healthiest fish you can include in your diet, says Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Some would conclude that farmed raise fish is better for you as it is raised in fresh water protected from environmental hazards (EH). The protection from EH is great, but is farmed fish over wild fish better for you? Is farmed fish equal to wild caught fish?

Trout born in the wild eat just about anything, like young zoo plankton, fish eggs, small fish, crustaceans, mollusks, insects and even mice. In dense habitats with aquatic vegetation, rainbow trout often have the opportunity to eat arthropods that fall into the stream (National Wildlife Federation).

Farmed trout is fed a formulated fish feed, and each feed company has their own recipe. Feeds are made with fish meal, and fish oil combined with other ingredients like wheat, soybean meal, and poultry by-product meal. Notice the difference in the diet? Are fish meant to eat chicken, soy or wheat? A wild trouts diet shows otherwise.

Fish species evaluated by the USDA, found that farm-raised fish contained more total fat than their wild counterparts. Rainbow trout showed little difference in fat. Some could conclude that has to be good, the more fat the more omega-3 fatty acids the fish contains. Not necessarily. The extra fat in farmed-fish is inflammation causing omega-6 (Nutritional Health and Fitness).

Enough of the fishy information, now for our featured recipe: Roasted Trout with Baby Potatoes and Asparagus.

You will need:

1 pound baby new potatoes

1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in half crosswise

2 tablespoons olive oil

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper corns

2 whole rainbow trout, gutted

Half a lemon, thinly sliced

1 bunch thyme (lemon thyme if you have it)

Heat oven to 425 degrees

boiling baby potatoesPlace potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with water to cover potatoes within 1-inch. Bring to a boil and cook until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.asparagus and cooked baby potatoes mixed with olive oil salt and pepperIn a large bowl add salt, pepper, olive oil, trimmed asparagus and cooked potatoes. Mix vegetables to coat with oil.

ready to roast baby potatoes and asparagusArrange vegetables in a 9 X 13 inch glass baking pan, and set aside.

rubbed fresh crushed pepper cornsRub the fish inside and out with the crushed pepper corns. Next stuff the fish with a fresh sprig or two of thyme and a lemon slice cut in two.

ready to roast - Roasted Trout with Baby Potatoes and AsparagusArrange fish over vegetables in glass baking pan, and add 3 or 4 lemon slices. Place into heated oven and cooked 25 minutes or until the potatoes are crisp and tender and the fish is cooked through.

Fresh roasted trout showing the amazing flavors of freh thyme, cruched pepper corns and lemon slicesRemove fish and let cool about 5 minutes.

Roasted Trout with Baby Potatoes and AsparagusPlate and serve.

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