With the double-whammy of lentils and couscous, this makes a filling vegan entree! Divide it into smaller portions if you prefer a side dish, say alongside tofu steaks or grilled tempeh.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 1 cup chopped onion; saute 5 minutes. Add 3 minced garlic cloves and saute 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Next add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup uncooked lentils (I chose standard green lentils, but I suppose any variety would do); bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
I accidentally added my onion and garlic all at the same time - a classic case of not having read the recipe carefully enough. Luckily, it was a small error that made no difference in the final product.
Towards the end of the lentils' cook time, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in 1/2 cup uncooked couscous and 1 tablespoon olive oil; remove from heat. Add 1o cups (about one 5-ounce package) of fresh spinach to the pan; cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Combine the lentil mixture with the spinach mixture in a large bowl, along with 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.
As I mentioned, make the portions as big as you like - 2/3 a cup is a good side serving of 160 calories, but double that to make this recipe a main course.
dried lentils $1.57
fresh spinach $2.50
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html