Allergy Free Mardi Gras

No time to make Jambalaya? Here's a simple red bean dish to make for Mardi Gras that's simple and healthy. 

Red Lentil Stew 
Prep Time: 10 Minutes 
Cooking Time: 30 minutes 
Serves 4 
What you need:
  • 1 cup red lentils 
  • 4-5 cups water or stock 
  • 1 TBS olive oil 
  • 1/2 small onion, diced 
  • 1 carrot, chopped 
  • 1 burdock root, chopped (can be found at Harvest Time Foods or most Asian markets) 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder 
  • A few splashes of umeboshi vinegar (which can be found in the ethnic food isle at Whole Foods)

What you'll do:

  • Heat oil in a frying pan 
  • Add spices and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds 
  • Add onion and cook 5 minutes 
  • Add carrot and burdock and saute another 3 minutes 
  • Add lentils and water or stock and cook 20 minutes, until lentils and roots are soft 
  • Add a few splashes of umeboshi vinegar, stir, and taste. 
  • Add more ume or salt if necessary 
Recipe reprinted with permission from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
For more allergy-free tips on celebrating Mardi Gras allergy free click here. I also in that post I express my love and longing for allergy-free paczkis.

My version of heaven is paved with racks of paczkis.

If you truly must have King Cake for Mardi Gras you do have some allergy free options, check out these resources: 
I also want to note, in the spirit of partying allergy-free style, that the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Greater Chicago will be having a Gluten-Free Beer Taste Testing this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the South Loop Whole Foods on Roosevelt and Canal. The event and parking are both free. The Event Room is located near the cafe and there will be several beers to sample. New Grist and Bard's reps will be on hand for questions. I'm going to do my best to make it and report back. The things I do for this blog!
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