As a vegetarian who’s not all that crazy for veggies, people ask me all the time, “Um, okay… so what DO you eat?” Well… this would be a great example of a delicious side dish that I make for the whole family… but I eat it as my main dish. If I have a nice green salad with this, it’s a pretty good, balanced meal for me. My carnivorous family would have this alongside a nice juicy steak or some grilled chicken.
Rice & Lentils
Add 3/4 cup of dried lentils to a sauce pan of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain off water and set lentils aside. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large fry pan. (Use olive oil if you’re vegan!) Add one small chopped white onion. Fry until golden. Add in a couple of chopped cloves of garlic. Add some salt and pepper, a teaspoon or two of ground cumin, and a dash of ground coriander. Fry for a minute or two. Add the lentils. Add one cup of uncooked long grain rice. Mix. Add in two cups of water. (If you aren’t a vegetarian, you could certainly use chicken or beef stock for more flavor.) Cover with a nice tight lid and simmer at low heat for about 20 minutes…. till all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Mmmmmm! It’s kind of like a middle eastern style pilaf, and SO much better than a boxed side dish like Rice-A-Roni…. easy and impressive!