Warm lentil salad with herb rice


Dinner last night was definitely an example of how to get creative with what you have on hand. I know that I always have some type of grain, be it brown rice, quinoa, couscous, or barley, so that was a start. I then ended up scrounging up a few veggies and the last little bit of lentils in my cupboard and turned it into a pretty decent little meal 🙂

Warm lentil salad with herb rice
Ingredients: (for the lentils)
1/2 cup green lentils, rinsed
2 bell peppers, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2-3 Tbsp olive oil (start with 2 and add another Tbsp if needed)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients: (for the rice)
1 cup brown rice, rinsed
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients for rice into a pot with 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for cook time on package (usually around 30-35 mins)
2. Meanwhile, prepare another pot for the lentils. Combine the lentils with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover with lid tilted, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until tender.
3. While rice and lentils are cooking, saute chopped peppers, carrots and celery in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cook for 10 minutes, add tomatoes, and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for another 5 minutes, until veggies are softened. Add lentils, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings and continue cooking until everything is heated through. Adjust seasonings to taste.
4. Serve lentil mixture alongside the herb rice and enjoy!

A sprinkling of nutritional yeast for added nutrition and flavor!

Fresh herbs would also be fabulous and would create a bolder flavor. However, I didn’t have any on hand. The dried still created a very flavorful and delicious dinner though! I think this was one of the few times that Chris was excited to be eating rice! To me, that says success 🙂

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