This edition of Recipe of the Month may be our healthiest yet! We have found yet another simple, savory recipe for your enjoyment.
This time, we’re making…
Red Lentil-Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa
These cakes have a crispy finish on the outside that combines perfectly with some fresh salsa on top. If you know any vegetarians, you’d better invite them over because they won’t want to miss out on this recipe. And the other omnivores among us will love it just as much.
Here’s what you’ll need to assemble this culinary creation:
- 3 cups finely chopped plum tomato (about 6 tomatoes)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 cups water, divided
- 1 cup dried small red lentils
- 1/2 cup uncooked basmati rice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1. To prepare salsa, combine first 5 ingredients; set aside at room temperature.
2. To prepare cakes, bring 4 cups water and lentils to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Place lentils in a large bowl.
3. Combine remaining 1 cup water and rice in pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 18 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool 10 minutes. Add rice to lentils.
4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onion, fennel seeds, and garlic to pan; saute 2 minutes or until tender. Cool 10 minutes. Add to rice mixture. Add mozzarella cheese and remaining ingredients, stirring until well combined. Let stand for 10 minutes.
5. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Spoon half of rice mixture by 1/3-cupfuls into pan, spreading to form 6 (3-inch) circles; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully turn cakes over; cook 5 minutes on other side. Remove cakes from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and remaining rice mixture. Serve with salsa.
For some added flair, put some greens on the plate. Leafy greens, salad, broccoli, or whatever vegetables you have in the fridge will do just fine to fuse with these flavors.
Voilà! You’ve just created a fabulous, healthy recipe that anyone can enjoy. The best part is, you won’t break the bank creating it!
As your dentist in Bloomington, MN, we’re always looking for delicious recipes to keep your mouth and body in great health. If you have a recipe you’d like to suggest to us, send us an email. We’re always looking for new ideas.
Make sure to check back to see what we have in store for next month’s recipe. Until then stay hungry, everyone.