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Senior Nutrition Recipe: Lentils and Rice

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenNovember 10, 2012

A Place for Mom Senior Nutrition Expert and licensed Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born, shares one of her favorite recipes that offers not only a quick and tasty meal, but also offers a nutritious meal for seniors.

Naturopathic Physician Recommended Lunch or Dinner for Seniors

According to Dr. Lindsay, “This dish is rich in folic acid and can be made for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.” With some hearty vegetables and just the right amount of seasoning, seniors can enjoy some healthy comfort food.

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  • ½ cup red lentils (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup frozen brown rice
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 1 TBS ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 TBS olive oil

Cooking Method:

  1. Boil 1 cup water and add lentils.  Cover and simmer about 20-30 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  2. Cook brown rice according to directions and set aside.
  3. Heat separate pan, add olive oil.
  4. Add garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, onion and spinach. Cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Add cooked lentils into pan and mix with spices and veggies.
  7. Serve over rice and add a dash of salt if needed.

Servings: 2

Read Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born’s blog post, Why Seniors Have Different Nutritional Needs.

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