Simple is all the time the secret in our home, really easy recipes like Lentil Rice Salad with Goat Cheese are a should. Even although we’ve shipped 2 of our three youngsters off to school, theoretically decreasing by two-thirds the variety of every day actions we’re coping with, that’s not fairly what has occurred.

The first regulation of thermodynamics states vitality can neither be created nor destroyed. In our home, it has simply been…re-routed. We took all that vitality we’d been spending on our boys’ extracurriculars, and diverted it in direction of a few new/previous actions. After a 25-year hiatus, my husband has returned to refereeing highschool basketball, and I acquired again into teaching volleyball. While it provides extra tasks to our days, the ensuing pleasure is clear 🙂

That stated, our busy life requires that I be a devotee of fast and hearty sides. Cue the ever-reliable grain salad. Any sort of grain (brown rice, farro, or pasta) mixed with veggies, perhaps nuts and/or cheese, and a drizzle of oil and vinegar makes for a straightforward do-ahead aspect when your principal focus is on the entree. My fave combo usually consists of brown rice, a legume (black beans, lentils, edamame), cheese, and a crunchy uncooked vegetable like bell pepper, celery, or diced carrot. (Check out all my go-to salads! )

Simple Lentil Rice Salad - juggling with julia

What makes this explicit Lentil Rice Salad so ‘simple’?

First, I’ll eternally tout the virtues of frozen brown rice. It’s partially pre-cooked, and solely requires about three minutes in your microwave. A superb hack for the entire grain lover who doesn’t essentially have the psychological capability to plan 45 minutes forward 😆

Second, can all of us agree that canned beans make plant-forward consuming so accessible? Again, it’s that planning factor. The high-maintenance nature of dried beans simply doesn’t work for me most days. The soaking, the ready, the draining, the cooking. They’re simply so needy in comparison with their canned counterparts 😜

Third, save much more time by utilizing pre-prepped veggies right here. While I discover chopping greens weirdly enjoyable, I perceive which may be distinctive to me 🙂 You under no circumstances want so as to add that chore to your listing in the event you a) hate doing it, b) don’t have adequately sharp knives, or c) don’t personal a chopping board LOL. This salad is supposed to unravel your issues, not create new ones, so take the short-cuts the place you’ll be able to!

Finally, you actually throw every thing right into a bowl. Just give it a stir and your d-o-n-e. –It’s your This is the right aspect dish, and even a one-bowl meal when vital. A light-weight meal, granted, however I swear to you, it’s all there. You’ve acquired your veggies, your grains, and a plant-based protein to spherical it out. And in fact FLAVOR 🙂 The easy purple wine vinegar and olive oil does the trick. Though not as stylish as apple cider vinegar or subtle as balsamic vinegar, RWV will get the job properly performed, tying collectively the flavors of the rice, veggies, lentils and cheese.

Simple Lentil Rice Salad - juggling with julia

So, that’s how our vitality’s flowing lately. What about yours? 🙃

Simple Lentil Rice Salad - juggling with julia

Simple Lentil Rice Salad with Goat Cheese

This simple Lentil Rice Salad with Goat Cheese is healthful, complete grain, and wholly delish! Canned lentils and frozen brown rice make this a breeze to make.

Ingredients

  • 2
    cups
    cooked brown rice
    cooled
  • 1
    15 ouncescan
    lentils
    rinsed and drained
  • 2
    med
    candy bell peppers, diced
    about 1 cup
  • 10
    grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2
    cup
    crumbled goat cheese
  • 2
    tablespoons
    snipped contemporary chives
  • three
    tablespoons
    purple wine vinegar
  • three
    tablespoons
    additional virgin olive oil
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/four
    teaspoon
    black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the rice, lentils, bell pepper, tomatoes, goat cheese, and snipped chives. Drizzle the vinegar and olive oil excessive, then add the salt and pepper. Toss gently to mix.

  2. Serve chilly or at room temperature. Store leftovers in tightly sealed container in fridge for as much as four days.

Recipe Notes

Speedy quick cuts:
*Frozen white or brown rice takes simply  a couple of minutes within the microwave; an incredible substitution for a 20- or 40- minute rice constructed from scratch.
*Canned lentils simply have to be drained and rinse and are prepared to make use of.
*Pre-cut diced bell peppers require no prep

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