Quinoa and Lentils

In addition to being Thanksgiving week, this is Week 1 of my Nutcracker contract!  I’m really excited to be back in rehearsals, but also have to get used to the schedule again.  I’m always surprised by how much more hungry I get when I’m dancing all day!

Sunday night, I made a big pot of quinoa and lentils to have ready to go for lunches.  It’s healthier than a sandwich, and cooking it in advance makes it really easy to get ready to go early in the morning.  I added in some spinach, onions, and mushrooms that I picked up at Heart of the City Farmers’ Market.  After consulting The Flavor Bible, I mixed in some cumin to spice things up a bit.

Fresh veggies!

Quinoa and Lentils with Veggies

Serves 4

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, packed
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Lentils, cooked

In a large pan,  combine the lentils and 3 cups of water.  Bring to a simmer and cook, with the lid tilted, for 15-20 minutes.  In a saucepan,  combine the quinoa and 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cook about 10 minutes, until all water is absorbed.

Quinoa, cooked

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Mix in the mushrooms and cumin, and cook for another 2 minutes.  Add the spinach, and continue cooking until spinach is just wilted.  Remove from heat.

Veggies, cooked

Combine the lentils, quinoa, and vegetables in the large pan or a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve warm.

All mixed up!

This was extremely easy to make, which, in my opinion, is always a plus.  It was great for an active day, because it was substantial without being too heavy.  I will add a bit more salt if/when I make this (or some version of this) again, just to add a bit more flavor.

In my tupperware, ready for lunch

Looking forward to another day of rehearsals tomorrow!

Happy eating!

-C

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