Gluten Free Lnntil and Sausage Recipe

Gluten Free Lentils and Sausage Recipe

I am not a superstitious person. I believe that we are the architects of our own destiny, that it is we who shape our futures, and that we create our own good (or bad) fortune by the way we live our lives. (Just ignore that sound of someone knocking on wood!)

But I also like to hedge my bets.

In many cultures around the world, it is believed that eating certain foods at the New Year will increase good fortune. If we can eat something delicious AND stack the odds in our favor – that’s not really superstitious, that just makes for good sense!

Traditions around the world have a few food items in common that are believed to be lucky and bring good fortune in the coming year. These good luck foods include legumes, cooked greens, pork, grapes, fish and cake. There is nothing arbitrary about these food choices – each has significance and symbolizes something specific.

Legumes, which include peas, beans and lentils, symbolize money with their coin-like shapes and are said to ensure financial success.

Cooked greens such as kale, cabbage, and collards also symbolize good financial fortune as they represent folded paper money. Supposedly, the more greens you eat, the better your financial rewards. I can think of no better reason to eat your greens than to ensure a prosperous New Year!

Pork symbolizes forward progress. Pigs are constantly moving forward sniffing out food. Eating pork will ensure that you will move ahead with your goals for the coming year.

Fish also symbolizes forward motion as they swim forward as well as abundance since they swim in schools.

Round cakes represent coming full circle, symbolizing the old year coming to a close. I like to think that having a piece of cake means I can end off on the old year and start the new one fresh. Just make sure your cake is gluten free or your chances of good luck go right down the drain!

Consuming grapes symbolizes surplus. Technically, you are supposed to eat 13 grapes, one for each month of the year and one extra for abundance. I see no reason why the grapes can’t be taken in the form of a glass of wine but one may want to exercise caution in the form of surplus in that case; a little wine is fine, too much may mean you start your New Year off with a hangover – not the kind of fortune we are looking for.

Of course, good luck is one side of the coin, the other being bad luck, which means there are certain foods to avoid at New Year’s. Lobsters move backwards so eating them on New Year’s Day may cause setbacks for the coming year. Chicken and other fowl are thought to cause regret or dwelling on the past as they scratch backwards. Also, it is believed that consuming foods with wings may cause your luck to fly away.

As I said, I like to hedge my bets so I try to include as many good luck food items into my New Year’s Day meal as possible. This Gluten Free Lentils and Sausage recipe is simple (always a good start to any year) and packed with good luck foods such as lentils, pork and greens. Eaten with a glass of wine and some gluten free cake, it should ensure a prosperous, lucky 2013!

Thanks to all of you, 2012 was a very good year for me. I appreciate all of you so much; your emails, comments, and tweets are what I look forward to every day.

Here’s to making 2013 an even better one. I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May 2013 be the year all your dreams come true!

Gluten Free Lentils and Sausages

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Gluten Free Lnntil and Sausage Recipe
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Gluten Free Lentils and Sausage Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 36 mins
Total Time1 hr 51 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 celery rib diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 package Hurst Family Harvest Old Word Lentil Soup Mix
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bunch kale ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • hot sauce to taste such as Tabasco
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 Italian sausages


  • In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Rinse and pick over the lentils. Add to the pot along with the enclosed seasoning packet and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover the pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Prick the skins of the Italian sausage and brown the sausages on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. Add about ¼ inch of water to the skillet, cover the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook until the sausages are cooked through, 10 – 15 minutes. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • After the lentils have simmered for 30 minutes, remove the cover on the pan, stir in the kale and vinegar and cook until the kale is wilted and the lentils are tender, about 10 minutes. If you want your lentils soupier, you can add more water. Taste the lentils and season with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Slice the sausages on the diagonal and serve on top of the lentils.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Lentils and Sausage Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 618mg26%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 4375IU88%
Vitamin C 16.4mg20%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. December 31, 2012

    Love lentil and sausage soup! This sounds so cozy when it’s all cold and rainy like today. And I didn’t know about the no lobsters or chicken on New Years Day thing! All the more reason to have a steak! LOL

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 31, 2012

      Thanks Alta! Happy New Year to you!

  2. December 31, 2012

    Happy New Year Carol! This looks so warm and comforting, yum!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 31, 2012

      Thank you Alisa, Happy New Year!

  3. January 2, 2013

    This is so interesting Carol! I definitely had the grapes covered :) Yay! 2012 was a major year for you, I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. xo

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 2, 2013

      Thanks and Happy New Year Maggie!

  4. January 3, 2013

    Great comfort food, Carol! :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 4, 2013

      Thank Hallie and Happy New Year!

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  6. January 13, 2013

    Great, healthy and simple recipe, Carol. Quick question ; I noticed that you included the kales with the lentils ; is it OK if I cooked them separately, and then seasoned them lightly with some salt and pepper? And what brand of Italian sausages do you recommend?

    Happy New Year,

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 14, 2013

      Hi ALana. Yes, you can cook the kale seperately, no problem. To be honest I do that because my hubby is not much of a kale fan (try as I might).I like Boulder Italian Suasages (no MSG, preservatives, nitratesm corn syrup, gluten, etc) and what ever the brand is they sell at Costco. If you can’t find those I belive Johnsonville makes gluten free Italian sausages.

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  8. Melissa
    February 28, 2017

    Has anyone substituted vegetable broth for water and did it turn out?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 2, 2017

      It would be even more flavorful with vegetable broth.

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