Friday, October 17, 2008

lentil paella-jambalaya

although this dish doesn't have any large chunky vegetables, it very much reminded me of the veggie paella i had in spain a few years back. but i also thought it was sort of jambalaya-y with the cajun spices. whatever you want to call it, it was bowl-licking good.


  • 1 ½ cups cooked green lentils (approx. ¾ cup dry)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 bag frozen pepper strips (or 1 ½ cups fresh)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons zatarain's creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


after cooking lentils according to package, heat olive oil on medium in large skillet. in a separate saucepan, dissolve veggie bouillon cube in three cups of water. after oil has heated in the skillet, add the lentils, garlic, and onion powder (or real onions, if you can stand them). sauté the lentils for about 4-5 minutes, then add about 1/4 cup of the veggie broth. toss in in the tomato, jalapeno, and pepper strips (i prefer fresh peppers, but i only had frozen on hand). continue sautéing for about 3-4 minutes more, then add the rice, remainder of broth and zatarain's seasoning.
simmer about 5 minutes, stirring often. once the water is about 80% absorbed, turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes more.

voilà - you should have a a nice lentil paella-jambalaya.

13 comments:

paoix said...

this looks nice and simple and yummy

Meg said...

I love jambalaya! I will have to make this yummy healthy version!

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

yummy!

Conquerbysmiling said...

Oooo that looks like a great meal for a rainy day!

allularpunk said...

jambalaya, paella, whatever, it looks awesome. what, though? no sauerkraut?

AGNESSS =)) said...

Great recipe =D Thabk you!!

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Corinne said...

I wonder, could yellow split peas be substituted for this? i have virtually no experience working with yellow peas or split peas in general (besides pea soup ;) and I have no idea what to do with the ones i just bought.
This sure looks good either way :)

Usha said...

Oh this is such a simple and delightful dish...love it :-)

Biz said...

Oh, that looks so good!

I'll have to add it to my ever long list of things to make.

That's the thing with food blogs, everyone has such interesting ideas!

Have a great weekend!

ttfn300 said...

ooooh, that sounds yummy :)

VeggieGirl said...

I haven't made or eaten paella in YEARS (since the last time that I ate it was before I became a vegan or even a vegetarian). Your version is BRILLIANT!!!!

Your comment on my blog made me laugh out loud, haha :0)

Puppy said...

thanks for the stop by on my page. i don't know what the "deal" with leaks are really. i like them, but humm. i always wonder about the best way to "handle" them cause they are pricey. the pasta was good!

i find it fun that your post is on paella/jumbalaya. i have been thinking about both but never knew what to do to go about it. i never had an omni version. we must be tappin' each others kitchen needs. !!!

Mrs. Mandy said...

Mmmm lentils. Another obsession you may have just awakened. xoxo