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    Rice, Lentil, and Spinach Pilaf

    Rice, Lentil, and Spinach Pilaf. Photo by JustJanS

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    1 hrs

    10 mins

    50 mins

    winkki's Note:

    A Dean Ornish recipe. Colorful, vegan, very complete nutritionally, and zero cholesterol. For more color and variety, you can add cubed cooked butternut squash or carrots. May be used as a main dish or side dish; serving amount depends upon how it is used.

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    1. 1
      Place lentils in saucepan and cover with cold water.
    2. 2
      Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover.
    3. 3
      Simmer for 25 to 40 minutes, until tender but not mushy; drain and set aside.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, bring the rice and 2 cups of water to a boil.
    5. 5
      Reduce heat and simmer rice about 20 minutes, covered, until all liquid is absorbed; set aside.
    6. 6
      Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a saucepan.
    7. 7
      Add onions and simmer until tender and translucent, approx 10 minutes.
    8. 8
      Add the garlic, celery, cumin and cinnamon and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
    9. 9
      Add the lentils and lemon zest (and tomatoes, if desired); heat through.
    10. 10
      Add the greens; cook and stir until tender.
    11. 11
      Fold the lentil and greens mixture into the rice.
    12. 12
      Season with salt and pepper.
    13. 13
      Note: You may make this ahead of time and place in a baking pan, cover with foil, and warm in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 22, 2010


      What a great recipe thank you. I made a half recipe of this using puy lentils which needed the full 40 minutes to cook, I had to use frozen spinach (half a 10 oz packet) and I just used two small tomatoes cut into 8 chunks each. We ate this with fresh fish and the lemon I served with the fish really gave this a lift too.

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    • on July 22, 2006


      Fantastic flavor in this! I used long grain brown rice and will try with other grains next time. I opted to use the optional tomatoes and also added roasted carrots. I love all the veggies and the lentils, and along with the absence of oil or fat makes this so healthy. We served this as a mian dish along with corn on the cob- which was a great summer meal. Thanks for posting!

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    • on September 22, 2004


      This was excellent. I made it in the middle of the day, adding the optional tomatoes (which I did not seed). Then at dinner time I put it in the oven at 425 while my muffins cooked. Very nice flavor and I love how healthy it is!

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    Nutritional Facts for Rice, Lentil, and Spinach Pilaf

    Serving Size: 1 (180 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 298.3
    Calories from Fat 18
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 66.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 59.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.3 g
    Sugars 4.1 g
    Protein 11.8 g

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