Protein Bowl

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A rich, tangy lemon-tahini sauce coats chewy lentils and crunchy vegetables.  This recipe makes several servings, so it’s great if you want left-overs in the fridge for quick grab-and-go meals.

For the Lemon-Tahini Goddess Dressing
¼ cup tahini
½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, or to taste, plus more as needed
Freshly ground black pepper

For the Lentil Mixture
1 cup uncooked green lentils or a mixture of green and black lentils
1 cup uncooked spelt berries or wheat berries, soaked overnight
1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
3 cups spinach or lacinato kale, roughly chopped
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, minced 

Make the Lemon-Tahini Goddess Dressing:  In a food processor, combine the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, extra-virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste and process until smooth.  Set aside until ready to use.

Cook the lentils; 1 cup lentils to 3 cups water.  Simmer uncovered and drain excess water after cooking – 20-25 minutes.  Yield – 2-1/2 cups.

Cook the spelt berries; 1 cup spelt berries to 1-1/2 cups water.  Cook for 50 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Yield – 2 cups

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Add the bell pepper and tomato and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes more, until most of the liquid has cooked off.

Stir in the spinach and sauté for a few minutes more, until the greens wilt.

Stir in all of the Lemon-Tahini Goddess Dressing and the cooked lentils and spelt berries.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for a few more minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the minced parsley.

Season with salt and pepper.

Gluten-free – Use brown rice or quinoa instead of spelt berries
Grain-free – Omit the spelt berries

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