Super Simple Rice Cooker Lentils

Interested in in adding more plant-based meals to your diet? This recipe is for you! Lentils, although tiny, are a powerhouse of nutrition that are high in fiber, protein, and the all-important B vitamin folate. Super simple, extremely affordable, and incredibly satisfying, this recipe is a great option for a hearty breakfast, a warming lunch, or healthy dinner. Add more water to make it a soup, or eat it just as it is. You might also try it over brown rice topped with a plant-based “cheeze.” Any way you eat it, these lentils are delicious!

5 cups Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Green Lentils , (Non-GMO or Organic)
1 medium organic onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced organic garlic , chopped
1 25-ounce jar organic tomato or tomato basil pasta sauce
1⁄2 10-ounce bag frozen organic peas and carrots
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt, to taste
12 cups water

Note: To make this recipe you will need an 8-cup rice cooker or similar piece of equipment.

1. Add all ingredients to the rice cooker, pouring the water in last. Stir to combine and close the cooker. Turn to the white rice setting and let cook.

2. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. Lentils should be fork tender and soft when done; if they are still firm, add more water and continue cooking. Fifteen minutes later, check for doneness again. Add water if necessary and cook a little longer if needed.

3. Once done, divide individual portions into bowls and serve. Let leftovers cool completely and transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate for up to five days.