One-Pot Lentils & Rice with Spinach


This hearty vegan dish gets its earthy flavor from cumin and brown rice. If you can handle extra heat, try doubling the crushed red pepper for a bigger punch of flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¾ cup long-grain brown rice

  • 3 ¾ cups water

  • ¾ cup brown or green lentils

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • Sliced scallions for garnish

  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, salt, bay leaves, pepper and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add rice and stir to coat. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add lentils, cover and cook until the rice and lentils are tender and most of the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes more.

  2. Remove from heat and gently stir in spinach. Place a clean dish towel over the saucepan and replace the lid. Let stand for 10 minutes (the towel will absorb the steam). Stir in vinegar and remove bay leaves before serving. Garnish with scallions and cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
13g Fat
59g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g 32%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Vitamin A 8394IU 168%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 309mcg 77%
Sodium 647mg 28%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 7mg 38%
Magnesium 148mg 35%
Potassium 833mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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