One Pot Wonder!

Heid’s Lentil Pilaf is BACK

50 cents a serving, vegan and gluten-free!

Feeds a hungry crowd at only 50 cents a serving!



  • 2 C plain brown dry lentils (regular old 16 oz bag)
  • 2 C dry brown rice (ditto)
  • 2 C chopped celery
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 cubes veggie stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 10 C tap water
  • any spray oil or slight drizzle olive oil


  • Spray oil in pan and add onion, carrot, celery, paprika, salt, and cook 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils, brown rice, and stir to combine.
  • Add water and add stock cubes crumbling them a bit
  • Cook on medium-high heat (gas 6) to bring to boil. Since water is cold, this will take about 15-20 minutes to bring to a boil.
  • Turn down a bit to gas 5 or simmer, and cook another 40 minutes or until all water absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Great with crusty bread or torn cilantro or Italian Flat Leaf parsley, or cayenne for spice lovers.


I have been asking my friends lately to let me know what would be most useful that I could share on Renata’s Kitchen. I have had lots of interesting comments! If you ever want to get a good inner buzz going, just text your nearest and dearest, “What kind of things that I have spoken or written about have most helped you?” It’s a great way to get personal feedback on your most valuable assets.

Yesterday my friend Cheryl responded that she is always looking for “One Pot” dishes. This is pretty lucky, because almost everything I make takes me just a few minutes to prepare, and I hate washing pots and pans so end up throwing a lot of stuff together in one pan.

This is one of my favorite meals because it’s got the holy trinity of healthy components: fiber, protein, naturally low fat whole food. To top it off, it’s CHEAP and can feed the masses.

I have a lot of friends who say to me “My teenager has gone vegan! Help!” Well, help has arrived. Give little Johnny or Susie the keys to the kingdom of good health and send them on their merry way to do their own cooking. This recipe has only a few ingredients and is pretty hard to screw up.

Then go pour yourself a glass of wine and wait for your little darling to serve you a nice bowl of Heidi’s Lentil Pilaf. Since they are vegan, they won’t want to cause harm to another living creature. You can remind them of this when it is time to clean up after supper when their folks are tired.

You may have seen Heidi’s Lentil Pilaf on my site before when I used white or basmati rice. This recipe pumps up the fiber and uses the whole brown grain of rice, so I feel it gets a nutritional boost and also keeps me full longer. And you know how hard it is to keep Renata full.

It’s so hard to accommodate every dietary preference of every person in the family, and those who you are entertaining. This dish is a nice one because it also works for gluten-free eaters.

If I had an omnivore coming, a simply roasted filet of salmon or cod would accompany this dish nicely.

A 1.5 Cup cooked serving of Heidi’s Lentil Pilaf serves 8 people each with:

32 grams iron (!)

18 grams protein

2 g fat

4g sugar

This meal costs about 50 cents per serving.

Today’s quote is from “Almost Everything” by Anne Lamott

More than any other sentence I have ever come across, I love Ram Dass’s line that when all is said and done, we are just walking each other home

Since today’s blog is a patchwork quilt of Heidi’s original recipe, Cheryl’s request, and my slight adjustment, I thought it would be fitting to quote Anne Lamott’s quote of Ram Dass. This group method of us all helping one another using our various gifts is so fitting in my life right now.

Today’s Thanks goes to…

Matthew Loffredo for coming into my office and rescuing me from tech hell by using his immense gifts of technical wizardry. I have been suffering with Apple madness for several years, and Matthew cured me in just a two hours! He did so with a humble, trustworthy, kind and patient way that was indispensable.

Thank you also to Heidi for giving birth to this gifted young man, and for sharing your original recipe for Lentil Pilaf years ago when we were “in the trenches” raising our brood. I thank your whole family for “walking me home” at various times in my life.



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