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Tasty Tips #12 ~ Nutrition on the cheap... rice and lentils


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Here's a healthier solution, to a fluffy bed of rather bland low nutritional white rice!

I make a pot of this in the beginning of the week, in the morning.
Keep it in my fridge, covered in the pot I cooked it in.
Use a handled measuring cup to scoop out a half cup at a time.
Add it to my stir fried veggies and flesh (chicken, meat or fish)

Its fast, cheap and easy.
Interested?
Here's what I do.
Supplies:
*A clear glass
*A pot with a tight fitting lid
*Stirring spoon
*A Stovetop ( mine's an electric slab)
*Red "cargo" rice or some other brown variety
*Lentils

Directions:
Fill the glass half full of rice.
Fill the other half with lentils.

Its doesn't have to be perfect. Close will do.

Dump filled glass into pot.
Fill glass up with pure water to the level that the bean/rice mixture occupied... dump into pot.
Repeat with second glass of water.

Basically, your lentil/rice mix to water is 1:2.

Your pot should be large enuf so that there's a good deal of space between the contents and the lid.

Bring mixture to a boil... boil about a minute.
Stir.
Turn off heat.
Leave pot on burner, put on lid

Now forget about it until lunch.
The mix will have cooked completely by then on the heat from the range and the captured steam from the previous boiling.
CAVEAT: I don't know if this energy saving technique will work on a gas range.

Use as you would white rice. Only with this one, you'll have more fiber, iron and protein than you would if you were simply cooking white rice.

Finished product... all the lentils have risen to the top...



Bon Appetit!
: )
Mzzchief

Added in response to Sparker's comments on 3/16/12:

Some people have problems with the Lectins and Phytic Acid that pulses (fancy for beans) contain.

If you are someone that has problems with beans, but would still like to try this recipe, you can soak the lentils in hot water overnite, toss the water, rinse, and make it using the same proportions and technique.

Its just one more step and bother, but if its the diff between them agreeing with you, or not, it may be worthwhile!

In regards to how I came up with this low-cook technique for lentils/rice, like many good things, it was by applying observations and happy accident.

First... I noticed when I was making soups, that the lentils and rice I put in my soup seemed to get soft and edible in about the same amount of time.

So when I ran out of rice, I experimented with cooking them together in the same pot. How I did that, was to bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat and cook an addition 20 minutes.

One day, instead of lowering the heat, I turned the heat off completely. I had to be somewhere else and didn't have time to monitor the cooking process. On my return several hours later, the lentil/rice mix was cooked thru! YAY!

So now I choose this energy saving way of making them.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/18/2012 9:58PM

    I bet it's a good combination.

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BOOKWORM27S 3/17/2012 12:19PM

    Yummy, I love lentils! My daughter likes it when I make "hummus" out of them.
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STRINGS58 3/17/2012 9:34AM

    Looks good, but I want garlic and celery -- oh yeah, that's the add it part.

My kid doesn't seem to eat next day lentils. I might have to find a way to schedule them. She likes lentil soup . . .

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/16/2012 3:38PM

    I would love this. I love both lentils and brown rice.

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MZZCHIEF 3/16/2012 11:38AM

    Thx everyone for your comments and input!

Tosharri, I don't use pintos for this!
I use lentils... they are small and can cook up quickly.

Pinto beans and Black beans require a longer cooking as far as I know...

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Mzzchief



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FEB_SHOWERS16 3/16/2012 11:08AM

    Mmmmmm.... I love lentils!

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ELLENSANGEL 3/16/2012 7:27AM

    wonderful, I can't wait to try it.

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DIVEGODDESS 3/15/2012 9:21PM

    Thanks for sharing

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BELLA9999 3/15/2012 8:10PM

    Thanks, I think I'll try this, I have some lentils to use up!


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LINOVER 3/15/2012 7:20PM

    I've been looking for a good recipe for lentils. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2012 6:15PM

    Thanks for the tip. I often buy the individual cups of Minute brown rice that only require one minute in the microwave. I cook egg whites and leftover veggies and throw it all in a bowl for a nice lunch or dinner. I've also made this with tuna or chicken instead of egg whites. Yummy! I think I'll try it with the beans too!

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GIRANIMAL 3/15/2012 5:32PM

    Love it! This gluten-free gal is plain-riced out and could use some variety. emoticon

Plus, my iron has been too low to donate blood three or four times in a row (since I gave up gluten -- a lot of wheat products are fortified these days -- and most red meat), so this is perfect for me!

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TOSHARRI 3/15/2012 4:52PM

    YUMMM - love beans and rice (one of the more economical gluten and dairy free options haha).

I didn't know that soaking the beans was more for them being 'agreeable'...lol

Do you only use pintos or can black beans be done the same way?

Thank you for the post!!

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MZZCHIEF 3/15/2012 4:15PM

    thx everyone for the comments!

Carol... if you dont like lentils, there's no reason to eat them... there's plenty of other yummy health foods around! Additionally... some people have problems with the Lectins and Phytic Acid that pulses (fancy for beans) contain.

If you are someone that has problems with beans, but would still like to try this recipe, you can soak the lentils in hot water overnite, toss the water, rinse, and make it using the same proportions and technique.

Its just one more step and bother, but if its the diff between them agreeing with you, or not, it may be worthwhile!

Thx everyone!

: )
Mzzchief

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NEW-CAZ 3/15/2012 4:06PM

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/15/2012 3:23PM

    Great idea!!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/15/2012 3:09PM

  Thanks as I need lots of nudges to eat lentils; I know all the benefits but don't like them. One of those things I know I need to learn to like.

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MPLANE37 3/15/2012 3:03PM

    Lentils and brown rice are among my favorites!

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