De Ma Cuisine



April 2013



Joanna – An Ambassador for De Ma Cuisine

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grains, Herbs, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Rice, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

LentilStewForJo4A long long time ago (or about a year and a half ago), when I first started my blog, I asked a few people if they would be ambassadors. I told them that if they would tell people about my blog, I’d create a dish for and named after them.

Today, it’s Joanna’s turn.

Joanna is a dear friend of mine.

She is one of the most talented graphic designers I know.

She came up with my logo.

She designed business cards for me.

She loves food.


Jo prefers a vegetarian diet. A while ago she asked for suggestions for getting enough protein and iron.

When I was creating a dish for her, lentils and protein were my inspiration.

Lentils are a good source of lean protein. They have lots of folic acid and fiber and are a good source of iron. (1)




I’m thankful for this amazing, beautiful, sweet woman. Jo, I hope you enjoy this dish!!

Lentil and Rice Stew

Lentil and Rice Stew


  • 1 T garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/2 t dijon mustard
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 to 1 t red pepper flakes
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • 1 C lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1/2 C uncooked brown rice
  • 6 1/2 to 7 C vegetable stock (warmed - opt.)
  • 2-4 C water
  • 2 C spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 t good olive oil
  • 1 lemon wedge/serving


  1. Heat soup pot. Add oil. When oil is hot, add carrot and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add shallot and another pinch of salt. Cook 2 minutes more.
  2. Add tomato paste, parsley, dijon, pepper, remaining salt, red pepper flakes, cumin, paprika, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. Stir and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add lentils and rice to pan. Cook 2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce heat to medium and cook for 55-65 minutes, adding more stock if needed, until veggies are tender and lentils and rice are cooked.
  5. In last 5 minutes of cooking time turn heat to low and add spinach.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil.
  7. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

(1) Nutrition Almanac, Fifth Edition, Lavon J. Dunne 2002


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