One Pot Meal: Lentils & Rice | Michy's Foods

One Pot Meal: Lentils & Rice

Posted on October 01, 2013 by Michelle Della Penna | 0 Comments

Are you ready for a super simple, fat free, warm, comforting Fall dish?  Did I mention it has 7 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes of active cook time?  It's true!  The best part of this meal is that all you have to do is put all the ingredients into the rice cooker.  Yes, that's right, I said rice cooker!  It's amazing.  I know, people have been using slow cookers for awhile now, but I don't have one, so I'm always pretty impressed when I can cook something without even being home.

So, I admit, lentils and rice may not be the sexiest dish, but it's definitely hearty and soul satisfying.  I remember my Grandma Mary making this all the time, but she spend much longer standing over the stove cooking it.  Of course as a child I didn't appreciate Italian peasant food, but over the years I have come to adore this dish and I feel like I'm giving my kids a little piece of my heritage each time we make it.  My poor little rice cooker has been with me since high school but it's a trooper and always performs.  Since brown rice and brown lentils have similar cooking times, I thought this just might work.  And it did!  The rice still had a little bite, the lentils were soft and the stock I used, kept everything moist and flavorful.  Not to mention that this dish is loaded with protein, fiber and folate.  And since it's made without oil, there is no added fat.  This dish will help you stay full and satisfied for awhile.  I hope you try this recipe at home.

Rustic Lentils & Rice

1 C uncooked brown rice, rinsed
1/2 C dry brown lentils, rinsed
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 bay leaf
3 tsp tomato paste
3 1/2 C No Chicken Broth (or any veggie broth)
2 tsp salt
Start by rinsing your rice and lentils, picking out any discolored lentils. 
Add to the bowl of your rice cooker.  Dice up the carrot and onion and toss into the bowl.  Add the bay leaf, tomato paste, broth and salt and gently stir together. 
Put the lid on and let it go! 
I like to top mine with a little avocado for some green and creaminess, but you can also top with green onions, vegan parm or hot sauce.  Enjoy!

Posted in fat free, italian food, kid meals plant based, nutritious, vegan, vegan comfort food


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