Pantry Lunch Box II

My lunch got boring again. Can’t have that, can we?

There’s been a can of lentils staring at me from the back of my pantry for a few weeks now. I don’t remember why I bought it – it doesn’t matter now. All I know is that it didn’t get used for it’s originally intended purpose.

I’m delighted that it was still at the back of my pantry today, when I needed a lunch salad.

I sort of made up this recipe as I went along, but I’m quite sure I remember all the parts.

First I made a vinaigrette:

2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp balsamic (or more – we love the stuff)
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil

Whisk, whisk, whisk!

Next I made some rice – a wild rice mix. I used my new favourite kitchen appliance – my rice cooker. I added 1/2 tsp dried thyme and a bay leaf to about 1 cup of dry rice.

We needed veggies. I chopped up a stalk of celery, a handful of baby carrots, half a small green pepper, and a quarter of an onion and added all of that to the vinaigrette.

I then mixed my rinsed can of brown lentils and the rice I cooked with everything else.

The result? I couldn’t keep my spoon out of the bowl! The vinaigrette is sharp and tangy, the veggies are crunchy, and the lentils and grains are hearty and filling.

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