a hearty bowl of rice and lentils
A hearty bowl of rice and lentils

I feel good eating healthy foods, especially when they taste good-for-you. When I eat this dish, I feel virtuous and nourished. It's those earthy flavors of the whole grain rice and lentils. Serve this dish with some plain yogurt and a perfect hard boiled egg, and you have a complete meal.

Brown Rice with Lentils
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1/2 cup brown lentils
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups water

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the rice and saute over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is beginning to brown and become fragrant.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes until the rice is fully cooked through. Monitor the water levels from time to time; you may need to add some water if it seems dry. Let the rice rest for a few minutes, fluff, and serve. (You can also make this ahead of time and heat it in the microwave. It tastes almost as good as it does fresh!)

I shared this recipe on My Sweet and Savory.