Treasured friends. Such an important part of my life. Just like the Girl Scout song goes, some are silver and the others gold. Janice, my college roommate, a dear friend for many, many, many decades, is one of my golden friends and it’s truly wonderful to spend time together. We recently sampled Panera‘s new broth bowls for lunch and they were fabulous! So fabulous that I went home and created my version of a quinoa lentil bowl. Panera’s bowls are Asian inspired with a unami soy-miso broth but I made my broth bowl more universal with a chicken tomato broth and a harvest grains blend in my favorite bowls. Filled with lentils and quinoa or a grains blend, carrots and kale, you can switch out the chicken broth for vegetable broth, top with an egg and have a perfect Meatless Monday dinner! Panera offers topping their bowls with a cage free egg, or chicken raised without antibiotics, which is why I love Panera so much….because they love us and care about our nutrition! Treasure your friends and treasure your nutritional well-being!
Quinoa Lentil Broth Bowl
1 Tbs. olive oil
6 thinly sliced lemon wheels
1 onion, chopped, 1 cup
2 cups packed chopped kale leaves, abut 2 ounces
2 carrots, peeled and chopped, 1 cup
1 rib celery, chopped, 1/2 cup
1 envelope Sazan seasoning, Goya or Knorr
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth, 5 1/4 cups
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and onion
1/3 cup EACH lentils and quinoa OR 2/3 cup Harvest Grains Blend*
cooked sliced chicken, optional
1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in saucepot. Cook lemon wheels until golden and caramelized, turning once and reserve.
2. Cook onion, kale, carrots, celery and Sazan seasoning until vegetables are just tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add chicken or vegetable broth, diced tomatoes with their juices and reserved lemon wheels. Bring to a boil. Stir in lentils and quinoa OR Harvest Grains Blend. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until grains are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
4. Top with sliced cooked chicken, if desired.
Makes 6 cups.
*Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend is a mix of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa.
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