Southwestern Quinoa and Lentils

June 21, 2013

I wish these pictures were better. They honestly don’t do this dish justice but right as I started cooking I grabbed my camera only to see that the battery was dead so I was left with my Iphone. It’s the best I could do, believe me, regardless of the photos, this dish is fantastic!

A few days ago I was at a loss for what to make for dinner. Michael mentioned wanting something with lentils or quinoa, I can’t remember but it doesn’t matter because I ended up using both. I just love lentils, I go through phases of eating them a lot, then forgetting about them, then falling in love all over again. They are so easy to make, super hearty and leave you feeling full for hours.

On a side note, I recently discovered celery salt. How did I go this long without it in my life? It’s amazing and really makes this dish, I recommend it if you have it sitting in your pantry from that time a couple of years ago when you made bloody Marys. Just me?

I won’t talk anymore about this dish, no one reads the description anyway, just make it, you’ll be happy, I’ll be happy, your belly will be HAPPY!

Southwestern Quinoa and Lentils

Makes 4 servings.

Cook time from start to finish: 40 minutes

Southwestern Quinoa and Lentils (vegan, gluten-free)

1 cup quinoa

1 1/4 cup lentils

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 bell pepper, sliced

1/2 white onion, sliced

1/2 zucchini, sliced

1 cup frozen corn

1 tablespoon chile powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

Dash of cayenne

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon coriander

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 cup torn kale

cilantro and olives, optional

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Cook quinoa according to these instructions and lentils according to these.

While lentils are cooking, heat olive oil in a big pan. Saute bell pepper, onion, zucchini for 5 minutes then add corn. Next add chili powder, cumin, celery salt, coriander and garlic.southwestern quinoa and lentils

Continue to sate vegetables for another 2 minutes.

Add can of diced tomatoes.

southwestern quinoa and lentils

Let mixture come to a simmer then add quinoa and kale.southwestern quinoa and lentils

Mix well.

To serve, place lentils in a bowl, spoon quinoa and vegetable mixture over the lentils, then top with cilantro and olives.southwestern quinoa and lentils

Enjoy and Exhale!

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