3/4 cup dry lentils 3/4 cup dry brown rice 4 cups water 4 chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 Tbsp olive oil
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In a 2-quart saucepan bring the water to a boil. As the water is heating, add the oil, lentils, rice, bouillon, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring the whole thing to a nice fat boil. Reduce the heat to low. Place a lid on the lentils and allow the mixture to simmer for about 45 to 50 minutes. The water should be mostly absorbed. You may serve this as is, or topped with a little cheddar cheese if desired.
* If you are having a busy day and don't have time to cook this on the stove, it can cook in the crock pot on low for about 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 hours instead.
Really good and simply! My only suggestion would be to hold off on putting the cumin, onion powder and garlic in. Letting the spices simmer for almost an hour dulls their flavors. If you put them in right before the rice and lentils are done, their flavors are at their peak!
My new favorite thing! I have never had lentils before. They are amazing cooked this way. We made tacos, ate it plain and are making taquitos with it tonught. Thanks for sharing such a health and delicious dish!
Really delicious. Even my son (6) ate 2. I did tweak it up. Filled Tortillas with mix , added some shredded cheddar, rolled them up, placed them in a casserole dish, poured Enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkled some more cheese, covered with foil and baked it for about 30 minutes. Yummy.
I've never had a lentil in my life, so decided to try this recipe--it was wonderful! My family really enjoyed it. I served it on a whole-wheat tortilla, with low-fat cheddar cheese, fat-free sour cream and salsa. Delicious!! I will certainly try more of your lentil recipes.
Reply from BUDGETMOM(2/25/09) Aren't lentils good?! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I too, had never had a lentil until a couple of years ago when I decided to find low cost recipes for my family budget. Lentils are extremely cheap, easy to cook with, healthy and delicious!
Very good. I added chopped onion and green pepper which were sauteed before adding the stock, rice and lentils. I also used taco seasoning mix plus garlic and onion powders instead of the cumin and chili powders. Easy meat free meal.
TVP is textured vegetable protein, a/k/a textured soy protein. I'll be making this for a Church Supper that is involving the community in helping to work with all income levels in a shared project. To answer a
I have been introducing my childern to lentils, as it is a wonderful protein source and we all love mexican food, so thank you so much for this recipe, it will become a huge staple in my house.
Very tasty! My first introduction to TVP, although we eat lentils frequently. Although the portion appears huge for one serving, I really appreciate that the recipe is for one as sometimes I am the only one in the house eating Sparkfood and get tired of eating the same thing 8 times in four days!
I have made this recipe several times since finding it a few weeks ago. I had never used tvp before, but this made me a convert! You do not miss the meat at all. This dish is very flavorful and filling.
This was awesome! I doubled the spices and added hot pepper flakes for a little added kick, the only trouble was I forgot the oil and I think that's why it cooked to the pan a little. I will definitely make this again!
So very good - I followed the directions pretty well, adding a bit of cilantro and lime juice as a 'dressing' once I made my tacos. I also added the cumin, garlic powder and onion powder an hour before I was going to eat (I made mine in the crockpot). I am so happy I have leftovers! So good!
Love lentils, I made it with taco seasoning, and only two bullions, then wrapped it in Romain lettuce leaves, topped with guacamole and pico de gallo. My six and nine year old boys were quick to return for seconds. Thanks :)