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Soy-Free Savory Lentils with Rice

I am in the process of searching for a full-time job, and I am experimenting with easy recipes that can be quickly prepared and used for more than one meal. The great thing about lentils is that they do not have to be soaked like other beans! This recipe is definitely easy and is great for leftovers!

Here are a few important Soyvivor notes for this recipe:

  • Since soy is a legume, there is a possibility that you could be allergic to other legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, black beans, green peas, etc. Talk with your doctor and proceed with care if you have not tested lentils.
  • Dry lentils often come with spice packets containing soy. Just throw the packets away and make sure that the lentils themselves do not have any added ingredients.
  • Make sure that your Basmati rice is made in the US (or your country of origin.) The United States FDA cannot regulate food that is packaged in another country.

Savory Lentils with Basmati Rice

1 Package (15.5 oz) Dry Lentils

2 cups Basmati Rice

1 tsp. Garlic Powder (or equivalent garlic cloves)

1 tsp. Garam Masala (plus additional spice to add at end of cooking)

1 tbsp. Onion Flakes (or equivalent onion)

4-6 slices cooked, chopped Nitrite-Free Bacon (optional)

Cook Basmati Rice and Lentils according to package directions in separate containers. When lentils begin to cook (about 5 minutes into cooking time), add garlic powder, onion flakes, and garam masala. About five minutes before lentils are finished cooking, add more garam masala to taste and add bacon bits to lentils (optional).

Servings: 6-8

Ideas for additions: Bok Choy is great as a side dish or even stirred into the lentils/rice as a nutritious rice bowl.



Soy Free Slow Cooker Curry Chicken

I came up with this recipe while I was just beginning my elimination diet. There are a lot of other vegetables that you could add to this recipe as tolerated (potato, bell pepper, tomato, onion, corn, cauliflower, peas, etc.) Keep in mind that this recipe is very delicious, but its presentation is very simple for everyday dinners (not necessarily for guests.)

If you have never tried garam masala, you should definitely try this recipe! Garam masala is a blend of spices including cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, etc.) It’s also great on baked apples or carrots.

2 pounds skinless chicken breasts

5 large carrots, sliced as desired

8 oz unsweetened coconut milk

1 tbs. onion flakes

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tbs. curry powder

1 tbs. garam masala

2 tbs. water

1 1/2 tbs cornstarch or substitute equal parts rice flour (if corn intolerant)

Cooked brown rice

Brown chicken first for best flavor. Place chicken in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients except cornstarch and water and stir. Cook for 4 to 6 hours, adding more coconut milk if needed. If the sauce needs thickening a few minutes before it is done, combine cornstarch and water together in a bowl until dissolved and add to slow cooker.

Serve over brown rice.

**Always keep in mind that chickens are likely to be fed soy, and there is conflicting research on whether the actual meat contains soy because of the feed.