Lentils & Greens with Goddess Dressing: Recipe #168

There are a million ways to assemble a rice bowl, and this one is especially delicious. You cook lentils, rice, and celery together, top it with sauteed farm fresh onions and greens, then drizzle with a divine vegan goddess dressing. It will help you feel amazing! Thanks to Angela for the inspiration. 🙂

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($12 total for lots of servings)

3 cups dry brown lentils, rinsed – $1.69
2 cups dry short-grain rice – $0.71
3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped – $0.45
10 cups water – free
1 tbsp olive oil – $0.10
1 onion, diced – $0.50
4 cloves garlic, minced – $0.15
1 bunch beet greens, chopped – $1.99
1 bunch bok choy, chopped – $1.99
1 bunch collards, chopped – $1.79
Salt and pepper to taste

Goddess dressing:
1/4 cup tahini – $1.15
1 clove garlic – $0.04
2 lemons, squeezed – $0.40
1/4 cup nutritional yeast – $0.40
2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: a few cranberries sprinkled on top for garnish

Directions for Lentils & Greens with Goddess Dressing

1. In a large pot, mix the lentils, rice, celery, and water, with salt and pepper if desired. Heat on high until it comes to a boil, then lower to a simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

In a blender, mix all the dressing ingredients and process until smooth.

2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until it starts to brown, stirring often. Add the greens and cook for about 5 more minutes until the greens wilt but are still a bright green color. Taste and adjust for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if desired.

3. Assemble your bowls: lentils and rice on the bottom, then a scoop of greens, then a generous drizzle of goddess dressing. Feel free to throw on a few cranberries for color if you like. Enjoy it hot!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 18/18 (maximum score!)

If any of you amazing cooks tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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