Can you believe that the last ReDux post of the year is here?
When I first started talking to Deanna and Serena about ReDux, it was spring. We had no members, just a fun idea and the desire to cook, blog and share that experience with other like-minded bloggers. Now it's just days before the New Year, and the growth of ReDux has been amazing. I launched this blog years ago when I first launched a website for my nutrition communications consulting business. And for the longest time, it felt like an obligation... something I "needed" to do as a part of my business plan. It wasn't until this year that I truly started growing a community of friends online who I feel like I'm writing for and likewise, I can't wait to read what they are writing. And ReDux is at the very heart of that. I'm thankful for each and every one of the talented bloggers who join us each month for these posts and for any of you out there who pull up a chair to read what we're talking about.
It all makes me feel like throwing a party! (nice segway to the topic, eh?)
In keeping with this month's theme - Putting the P(ea) in the Party/Potluck, I'm serving (meatless) Stuffed Mushrooms.
I was first inspired to make this recipe when visiting with the wonderful folks from Canadian Lentils at FNCE last fall. I snagged a booklet from them filled with wonderful recipes made with lentils (a legume that doesn't get near the attention it deserves. It's one of the few "dry beans" that doesn't require advanced soaking, making it a natural choice for busy cooks who want to eat healthier). A variation on this recipe was included in that book... I've tailored to fit my taste.
In addition to their cooking ease, lentils are a great choice for "easing" the typical meat-eater into a meatless dish. Ours is a family that includes meat at the table, but I also enjoy vegetarian options, too. Because lentils cook up to a small, almost crumbled-meat consistency, they work well in this traditionally meat-stuffed appetizer. With New Year's parties on the horizon, I highly suggest you put these on your celebration table. You can tell everyone with great gusto, in 2012 you're putting the P in the Part-tay! (Strange looks? Blame the Champagne).
Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year!
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Call this one the year-ender.... a recap of ReDux in photos. And when you've viewed them all, be sure to click on all the party & potluck friendly dishes the other ReDuxers are offering below, especially Nicole @ Whole Health RD, who was the inspiration behind this month's theme.