I’ve given this away many times and people say they like it a lot (and their kids!). This is one of the healthiest meals you can make, and so easy! Only labor intensive piece is the chopping but worth it!
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 tsp garlic
4 cups chicken broth . Many broths on the market, even organic ones, have MSG (monosodium glutamate) or hidden forms of it’s most active ingredient, free glutamate (autolyzed yeast extract, yeast extract, disodium inosinate, hydrolyzed proteins and autolyzed proteins to name a few) in them. If you are trying to avoid MSG you may want to make your own broth. There are many recipes out there. Here’s a simple one.
1 cup water
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup dried lentils
3/4 cup instant brown rice
1/2 tsp crushed pepper (this gives it just the kick it needs but doesn’t make it too spicy)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Heat oil in large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot and garlic to pan and saute for 8 minutes or until tender. Add broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Stir in lentils, simmer 25 minutes. Stir in rice, simmer 20 minutes. Stir in red pepper, salt and black pepper. To make it even easier just add the lentils and regular brown rice at the same time and simmer for 45 minutes or until rice is to your liking!