Lentils, Rice, and Onions- A Nutritious, Inexpensive Dish

If you're on a tight budget like most food allergy people, you'll appreciate this delicious, inexpensive dish, which feeds our family of four for about $4 total! 

Perfect for a Meatless Monday dinner, lentils pack a powerful protein punch, and red onions sport important vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, C, K, and B-6.

Red lentils turn a soft golden color when cooked.

Red lentils turn a soft golden color when cooked.

Red lentils differ from other types in that they are less bean-like, and break down into mush quickly. Their cooked texture reminds me of creamed corn, with a delicate, sweet taste. If you prefer a heartier texture and flavor, this recipe will easily adapt to other lentil varieties, such as brown and green.
 

Red Lentils, Rice, and Onions with Arrowhead Mills and Vitacost

Ingredients
1 cup Arrowhead Mills Organic Red Lentils
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
1 cup rice (we used arborio)
3 cups total water (half for lentils, half for rice)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 T Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce

Directions
Rinse lentils, then add to a medium pot with 1 1/2 cups of water (do not add salt, as it will toughen the lentils). Bring the lentils to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes, then test. Lentils should be tender, but not mushy, and they should still hold their shape. When the lentils feel right, drain them and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or medium pot, over medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, gently add the sliced onions. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook until the onions soften and caramelize. Stir the onions often to prevent them from sticking. Caramelizing onions should take around 15 minutes. You're looking for a dark purple color, with some crisping around the edges. The aroma will be amazing!

Remove and set aside half of the caramelized onions on a paper towel. Add the rice to the pot with the remaining onions, and stir until the rice is toasted light brown. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring the rice and onions to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed (use the time suggested on your rice package). Remove pot from heat, and let stand 5 minutes while covered.

Add the lentils into the rice and onions, then stir in the coconut aminos.

Spoon the lentil mixture into bowls, or onto flat bread. Top with the reserved caramelized onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

We eat this dish from bowls, but it would also work well with flat bread.

We eat this dish from bowls, but it would also work well with flat bread.

Head to Vitacost this week to save an extra 20% off Arrowhead Mills products like lentils, cereals, and flours! While there, check out all the amazing offers during Vitacost's huge Cyber Summer Sale! Vitacost is also hosting many giveaways on their Facebook page! Good luck!

We're Vitacost Ambassadors, and while we receive products in exchange for posts like these, that isn't the reason we sing their praises. When people are diagnosed with food allergies, their cost of living may immediately increase. We appreciate Vitacost's discounted prices, and fast & free shipping. Thank you, Vitacost and Arrowhead Mills, for helping our family eat well on a tight budget!

Angie & Steve
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