Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Love Lentils

Fun fact: many of my favorite dishes look like poop.

Toward the top of my delicious poop dishes is lentils & rice. Growing up, my mom made delicious, healthy meals daily... not a small feat when you consider our family's caloric intake with my brother, sister, and dad clocking in at 2500-3000 calories/day. I always loved it when she made lentils and rice. When I began cooking on my own four years ago, I got the "recipe" from her and immediately realized how wonderfully simple it is to make. Now, lentils and rice frequents my own family of two's table every couple of months.

Recipe (if you can even call it that)
1 onion or lots of cloves of garlic minced
1/2-1lb hot Italian sausage (optional)
2 cups of lentils
2 cups of brown rice
8 cups of water
salt to taste (about 2 teaspoons)

Brown onion/garlic/sausage. Add lentils, brown rice, water, and salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer covered until done (about 45 minutes). Serve up!

A quick look at the beauty of a gigantic serving of lentils and rice:

  • fat content: 2.8 grams
  • dietary fiber: 100% of your daily recommended amount
  • protein: 26 grams
  • cost per hungry-husband-sized serving: $.80 (that's right. 80 cents.)

And that's why I love (and you should love) lentils!


  1. Haha...I should feed this to my hungry hustband too!

  2. So apparently the original recipe calls for Bulgar wheat instead of rice! Crazy, I know. And if you chop up squash or eggplant or celery or peppers into it and brown it with the onion its extra delicious and extra good for you. Yum. I have spent the past 15 minutes looking through all your food related blogs. I'm hungry.


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