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Middle Eastern Rice & Lentils

I just made this and it's so fragrant, colorful and tasty - especially with
such a short, quick list of seasonings!  I use the microwave a lot (thanks
to Barbara Kafka's books teaching me how) but rice and lentils can
obviously be cooked many ways .. top of stove, pressure cooker, slow
cooker, rice cooker, oven, etc. ... use what works for YOU.  Re prior
comments on this list, if you disapprove of microwave ovens or any other
appliance I have or will ever mention, please feel free to cook your way in
your own kitchen without judgement from me and kindly allow me to cook my
way in mine.  There are many roads to Rome and they simply do not all have
the same name on them.  Let's enjoy cooking healthy foods in whatever ways
we find best for ourselves.  :)

Hope you enjoy this as is or as an inspiration upon which to improvise,

Middle Eastern Rice & Lentils - Microwave
from "The Woman's Day Cookbook," p. 278
Serves 4 (more as side dish, I'd say) - takes 28 min. + 5 min. standing time

This is a fragrant, colorful, sweetly flavorful rice and lentil dish.  The
book suggests tossing leftovers with mustard vinaigrette for quick lunch

3/4 c. coarsely chopped onion (I used 1 whole med.)
1 T. favorite saute liquid

3 1/2 c. broth or 3 1/2 c. water + 1 t. salt
3/4 c. uncooked rice (I used jasmine rice)
1/2 c. dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 c. diced, peeled baking potato
3/4 c. diced, peeled carrot
1/2 c. raisins

1/2 t. ground black pepper
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. ground cloves (I used a scant 1/8 t.)

1 c. diced red bell pepper
3/4 c. frozen green peas

1.  In 3-qt. microwave-safe casserole (I used microwave pressure cooker),
combine onion and saute liquid.  Microwave uncovered for 2-3 minutes,
stirring once, until crisp-tender.

2.  Add broth/water, rice, lentils, potato, carrot, raisins and spices.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.  Micro on High for 18-20 minutes,
stirring 3 times, until rice and lentils are almost tender (took longer for

3.  Stir in bell pepper and peas.  Cover and micro for 3-5 minutes more, or
until the liquid is absorbed and the rice and lentils are ender.  Let stand
on heatproof surface for 5 minutes before serving.

Per serving:
402 cal with broth, 375 with water
14 g pro
74 g car
** 5 g fat **(measured using 1 T. oil as saute medium in cookbook ..
obviously near zero without that or fatty broth)
0 gr chol
923 mg sod w/ broth, 398 mg sod with water