The last few years I've gotten really excited about trying to buy and eat as much local food as possible. During the summer and fall in Michigan this is really no problem. In fact, it's quite easy. The winter is where it becomes challenging. I do some food preserving and each year I feel as though I learn and try something new. But the reality is that I have two little girls at home and don't have endless amounts of time to set aside to this task. I've been swinging into our little winter farmers market and getting as much as I can from there but there is only so much available which means off to the grocery store I go. I tell you all that because I get really excited about this dinner. It's a mostly locally grown meal, even in the heart of winter in Michigan. The rice and lentils aren't local but at least the veggies are. I will gather what I can find at the market and then supplement with what ever else I may have on hand. So whether you find these root veggie treasures at a local winter market or a grocery store, it makes a delightful dinner on a cold winter night.
Rice & Lentils
3/4 cup dried lentils
3/4 cup brown rice
4 cup of vegetable broth
1 TBS Olive Oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
Ground pepper, to taste
Rinse lentils and rice. Add all ingredients to a medium stockpot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until lentils and rice are tender, approximately 40 minutes.
Roasted Root Veggies
Select from a mixture of:
Sweet Potatoes (or regular potatoes)
Preheat oven to 350.
Chop a variety of root veggies up and spread onto a jellyroll pan. (The list above is some of the common and easy to find root veggies, several of which I am still able to pick up at our local market from the fall harvest). Use whatever is accessible or household favorites.
Drizzle with Olive oil and stir up veggies. Roast in oven for approximately 45 minutes.
Great meal for toddlers too. Cut veggies up in small bite size pieces that are appropriate for the kiddos age and it becomes an easy "finger food" dinner.
Serve the roasted veggies on top of the rice and lentils.