One Pot Italian Quinoa and Lentils

One  Pot Italian Quinoa and Lentils
Created By: Gena, TheFullHelping.com
Use: Madeline French Green Lentils, Pardina Brown Lentils
Yields: 4 servings
Vegan

One Pot Italian Quinoa and Lentils
Recipe and photo courtesy of Gena, The Full Helping

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
6 ounces portobello or sliced button mushrooms, chopped (optional; about 3 cups)
1 cup uncooked brown or green lentils
¾ cup uncooked quinoa
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves)
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (about 50 grams; oil or dry-packed)
5 ounces baby spinach (about 4 heaping cups)
Splash sherry vinegar or lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup cashew cream (optional)

Instructions
Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion is clear and soft, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and mushrooms, if using. Cook until the mushrooms have released their juices and reduced in size (4-5 minutes).

Add the lentils, quinoa, salt, thyme, and broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. If all of the liquid has been absorbed when you uncover the pot, add a splash of extra broth or water.

Add the tomatoes and baby spinach to the pot. Stir everything until the spinach has wilted completely into the quinoa and lentil mixture. Add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, along with black pepper to taste and extra salt as needed. Finally, stir in the cashew cream, if using.

Notes
Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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