Hello friends– I’m eating the leftovers of this savory dish right now as I type of this post! When I saw this recipe on MM’s yummy blog, I knew Larry would like it. So I made a big pan full for a late supper last night. It’s one of those cozy, honest kinds of food that taste just right for a quiet evening tucked in at home.
MM is an Australian mom, living now in Sweden. I think you might really like her healthy eating blog– Miss Marzipan!
LENTILS AND RICE WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS & PINE NUTS
1 cup rice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup green lentils
1 red onion, chopped to bits (about 2 cups)
2 tab. olive oil
2 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted*
salt & freshly
Cook the rice according to the directions on your package. (I simmer it with 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp. salt for 10 minutes)
Cook the lentils in 2 cups of water for 25 to 30 minutes, until they are tender. Then drain off any extra water in a sieve.
While those two are cooking away, Heat the olive oil in a large pan and throw in the red onion. Cook the onion bits 8 to 10 minutes until they are thoroughly soft and caramelized.
Then add in the cumin and and 1/4 cup water and stir to blend. Turn off the heat.
When the lentils and rice are thoroughly cooked mix them into the onions in the large pan along with the cilantro and pine nuts. Taste to see if you want to add a little salt & pepper.
Serve it up warm and hearty with a nice chunk of sturdy bread and a colorful salad. Dinner!