Oh, baby it’s cold outside!” Ok, so it’s in the low 50’s which I know for some of you is considered “shorts weather” but for us “hot house flowers” here in Southern California that is COLD!!! Which of course means …hearty comfort food. So in keeping with my New Year’s plan to eat more vegetables and more nutrient dense food, this Rice with Caramelized Onions and Lentils is perfect. Easy on both the wallet and waistline it’s also quick to prepare, which is a must for a busy weeknight… and if you use these convenient steamed lentils , it’s even faster!
I’d love to take credit for creating this dish, but it’s an ancient dish – the Middle Eastern version of rice and beans. Like most common dishes, it goes by a variety of names – Mejadra, Megadarra and Mujadara to name a few and the choice of seasonings is just as varied- some have garlic, cumin and lemon, others include the sweeter spices of cinnamon and allspice. But whatever you choose to call it, this Rice with Caramelized Onions and Lentils is delicious and a dish I think everybody should have in their recipe file. It’s easy and quick to make, its reheats beautifully and is has plenty of protein and fiber which makes it a perfect vegetarian main dish.
And speaking of vegetarian I am teaching a vegetarian nutrition class this semester so you may be seeing a few more vegetarian dishes here at the Table!