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Lentils and Rice

Lentils and rice is a super quick and frugal recipe that is hearty enough to serve for dinner. This vegetarian recipe is super flavorful with the addition of onions, carrots and a few warming spices.

What’s so great about lentils? For starters, they are a nutritional powerhouse. One cup supplies 16 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein and 90% of the daily recommendation of foliate, among other things. Secondly they are super easy to prepare. No soaking needed and they cook in 30 minutes. Also, they are crazy cheap. I can get a 1 pound bag for 88 cents and I bet they’d be even cheaper in bulk. With one pound there’s enough for two meals for my family. And lastly, they taste really good, not gross at all.

bowl of lentils and rice

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Yield: 8 servings

Lentils and Rice

bowl of lentils and rice on wood slab

This easy lentils and rice recipe is a frugal and nutrition packed meal. These lentils are super flavorful with the addition of carrots, onions, and ginger.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lentils
  • 3-4 carrots (grated)
  • 1 onion (chopped in very small pieces)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic (chopped) or garlic powder
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • rice
  • water

Instructions

    1. In a large pot (about 6qts) sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat in a little olive oil.
    2. When they are almost translucent add the carrots and sauté them.
    3. While the carrots and onions are sautéing I go ahead and add the spices. This is why I put recipe in quotes because my friend doesn't measure anything. I would start with about 1 tbsp of cumin, 1tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. If you're using garlic powder use 2-3 tsp. I add this and let the heat extract the flavors for a  couple of minutes.
    4. Rise the lentils and add them to the pot.
    5. Fill your pot with water (about 6 cups)
    6. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer until lentils are soft (about 30 minutes). You can add more seasoning if you want to.
    7. For the rice, I just use the cooking instructions on the back of the bag and add some salt and cumin to the water.

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    bowl of lentils and rice on wood slab

    Thanks for sharing with your friends!

    Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Friday 28th of September 2012

    Yum, looks good! My favorite way to eat lentils is in a soup of some sort. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

    SchneiderPeeps

    Monday 1st of October 2012

    Thanks for hosting. This winter I'm going to try to put some lentils in some of our favorite soups. Hopefully, it will go over ok with the family.

    Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Thursday 27th of September 2012

    Hmm, definitely need to try this, and see how the family likes it. After having 5 kids, we got away from using beans and lentils to stretch meals. I need to get back into it.

    Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Thursday Rewind!

    SchneiderPeeps

    Monday 1st of October 2012

    Thanks for hosting!

    My name is Jessica

    Thursday 27th of September 2012

    I ate something similar to this while staying in Africa! It's going to make my heart happy to enjoy it once more. Thank you!

    http://www.sewingourlifetogether.blogspot.com

    SchneiderPeeps

    Monday 1st of October 2012

    how cool! I would love to go with my friend to Kenya. Who knows, maybe one day I can.

    Art By ASM

    Wednesday 26th of September 2012

    Love Lentils! Come join my first blog party on my blog and link your creations! www.artbyasm.blogspot.com. Appreciate the support! Thank you! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

    Warmest Regards,Annamaria

    SchneiderPeeps

    Monday 1st of October 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Annamaria.

    Rachel E.

    Wednesday 26th of September 2012

    I find it difficult to know where to draw the line. I agree with you. I think it's near impossible to make sure you aren't getting anything bad in your diet. I tell the kids all the time - everything in moderation. If we fill our bellies with wholesome food, we are better off. So, I'm on the same page as you. Oh, by the way, do you think we can get some grains? My hubby still doesn't like the taste of the kefir I'm cranking out. I am thinking it might be the grains are from goats. :)

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