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One Pot Lentil Lunch + GIVEAWAY: a Month’s Supply of Popchips!

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Confession: I am not a sandwich person. I am really not a traditional salad person either. I don’t do fast food. So what do I eat for lunch? Most often, at the beginning of the week, I’ll make myself what I call a “base,” made up of a whole grain like brown or black rice, quinoa, barley, farro or whole grain couscous with a variety of herbs, spices and seasonings to jazz it up. Then each day I’ll add something different to my base, most of the time a variety of beans, veggies, nuts or canned salmon or tuna and sometimes cheese so every day I’m eating something new and different that doesn’t require the additional cooking time of having 4-5 separate meals. I’ve come up with a million different combos but I usually never share the recipes since they’re more of a “use-what-I-have-and-throw-it-together” type meals. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from clients about what I personally eat for lunch and I’ve been sharing my secrets, so I figured I’d share an example with all of you today in my One Pot Lentil Lunch.

lentils.for.lunchBase:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 and 1/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bag of 10-minute brown rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

Add-ins:

  • Cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • Chopped cilantro

1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the lentils and vegetable bouillon. Stir and bring heat down to a simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of water and the rest of the base ingredients (wine, oil, rice
[removed from bag], garlic and onion). Continue to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes until rice is fully cooked and onion is tender.

3. Portion out what you’re going to eat for the day, then top with your add-ins!

Other optional add-in ideas for this base:

  • Spinach leaves
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Basil
  • Canned salmon

If you’d like to see more of my lunch creations, let me know!

Sponsored: Popchips wants to give one of my lucky readers a whole month’s supply of their tasty treats to gear up for the summer snacking season! If you’re not familiar with Popchips:

  • They are available in flavors such as sea salt,ShareBag_Orig_BBQ_8.5x11_ss_R9 barbeque potato, and nacho cheese tortilla and are the perfect snack to keep you looking cool and feeling satisfied. Whether you’re having a picnic in the park, heading out on a summer vacation, or relaxing by the pool, Popchips has got all your summertime snack needs “in the bag.”
  • Just in time for summer Popchips is introducing brand new, 15% more to love bags of delicious-ness! 15% more means more of the great flavor you expect from popchips, more chips to share with friends and family (if they’re lucky), and still only half the fat of regular fried chips with the same great price.

If you’d like to win a month’s supply, just leave a comment below to enter. For additional entries, if you haven’t already, you can *like* Nutrition Awareness on Facebook. I’ll be notifying the winner by May 17th.

Popchips also wants to give you a chance to win a free date night, on them. Go to www.popchips.com/moretolove and tell them when you first fell in love with popchips. You can also tweet/facebook/instagram them using #moretolove and share your story for the chance win a sweet (potato) date night!

  • Lentils and rice make a perfect complement for you to get all the 9 essential amino acids in one meal! I make a big portion of rice and I add lentil sprouts at the end just to soften them, then I have them for a couple of days to use as base for eggs, sometimes i combine it with yogurt and turmeric for an indian twist, and sometimes with just cheese and vegetables. It looks delicious!

  • I LOVE popchips and I LOVE your blog! Thanks for all the fun recipes, they’re so helpful to this newlywed/first year teacher! I love how simple and easy they are!

  • LOVE popchips! The sweet potato variety is my favorite :)

    • Hi Ani– wanted to let you know that you WON the giveaway! Just shoot me an email (nutritionawareness@meganwarerd.com) with your mailing address and we’ll get them off to you. Sorry it took so long but our first winner had an out-of US address that popchips couldn’t send to! Congratulations!

  • Renee Harkins

    I would LOVE to know more of what you eat! Copying is the greatest form of flattery! Haha. I’m also brain dead in trying to think of new things while trying to break old habits!

    I was JUST looking at my Trader Joe lentils thinking “now what the heck am I going to do with THAT!”

    Ha. I know what’s healthy, but I don’t always know what to do with it! :)

    Renee

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  • Love the one-pot lentils lunch idea and love love love PopChips! Thanks for this opportunity :)

  • You recipe looks so amazing! I love one pot recipes and this one seems very easy to make. Thank you so much for the Popchips giveaway =)

  • I love lentils!! That sounds like a great lunch! And popchips are da bomb.

  • Anonymous

    Love recipes w/only a few ingredients. Sounds like a great idea for next week….and maybe add a side of those popchips for a little crunch!

  • Jordan

    Pop chips are so delicious! I love that they’re making the snack sized bags a little bigger, great for mid-day munchies at work! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jordan

    I like you on facebook :)

  • love Popchips! My fave flavor (so far) is BBQ

  • Agnetha

    Great recipe :) I love both lentils and Popchips!

  • I love popchips! Would be happy if I won. I love the salt and vinegar flavor

  • I also liked on facebook! :)

  • Wen

    That looks like a tasty lunch idea. Don’t suppose you can use those popchips as scoops?

  • Janice

    I love Popchips! Sweet potato and barbecue are my favorite flavors.

  • I like your lunch plan. I really need to explore new foods myself. I eat the same boring lunch day in and day out. Keeps me on track, but it’s so boring. Also, I have a feeling this will make me weird, but I’ve never had a Popchip =/ I’ll pick up a small bag next time I’m in the store to see what the fuss is about.

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