Cooking up quinoa to accompany vegetables has become a no-brainer in our household. Sometimes I make an additional protein source and sometimes not. Recently I was in the mood for some extra protein and was planning on making a pot of lentils….when it occurred to me…my little french lentils take just about the same amount of time to cook as the quinoa (15 minutes!) so why not just make them together?
It worked perfectly.
Add one cup of dry quinoa, one cup of french lentils and 4 cups of water to a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. I like to check on it several times to make sure it is still simmering and give it a quick stir. To make less, just use a half cup of quinoa, a half cup of lentils and 2 cups of water.
I cooked them up plain, but try using broth or bouillon for flavor. You can always add some tamari or sauce on top of them after they are cooked as well.
While they are simmering, cut up and steam your veggies. Dinner is done. Get the idea out of your head that it takes a lot of time and effort to put together a good meal.
I just wanted to pass along this idea for you to try! A healthy and delicious meal doesn’t get any easier than this. Make enough for two days and you’ve got lunch and/0r an even simpler meal the next night! Make it different to suit your cravings by changing the spices or sauces you add….sweet peanut sauce, tangy tahini-balsamic, hot chipolte sauce, etc. Get creative and look in your fridge to see what would satisfy your craving and add some nice flavor– maybe some kim chee, barbecue sauce or even leftover pizza sauce (yes, I had this and it was good!) I needed a snack before bed last night and so I topped a small bowlful with some coconut yogurt. Delicious and very satisfying.
And finally, for some interesting recent nutritional research news: Diet soda consumption is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. We already knew that drinking sugar-sweetened soda contributed to diabetes– and now it’s apparent that diet soda is not any better. Doesn’t this just reenforce the philosophy of sticking to real, natural foods in their whole state? Keep refined sugar as well as artificial sweeteners out of your life 🙂