This is a great hearty meal to come home to – best of all the crockpot does all the work for you! When making a crockpot meal, I always prepare my ingredients the day before and place them in the fridge in a large bowl. In the morning, I just throw everything together in the crockpot and leave for the day. When I come home dinner is ready! If you are doing so with this meal, I recommend keeping the rice separate from the other ingredients. Mix together in the crockpot in the morning.
Lentil Rice (Mujadara)
This is a real Middle Eastern bowl of comfort! Lentils, rice and fried onions all in one bowl – what more can you want!
This rice is actually made from .... yes... cauliflower!!! It looks and feels just like rice – without all the guilt! Great for topping with stews and curries!
Vegetarian Paella With Tofu
The addition of tofu to this traditional Spanish rice is very welcome! It is delicious and great as a large dish to entertain a crowd.
Makhloube (Rice with Eggplant and Pine Nuts)
This is a traditional Middle Eastern rice dish. Makloube directly translated to English means to flip over, that is because in this dish the eggplant is cooked under the rice and when ready to serve you flip over the dish allowing the eggplant to shine on top for a spectacular display!
Cardamom Scented Basmati Rice
The cardamom adds a flowery aroma to the rice which makes it feel special! If you are not used to the taste of cardamom, start off with half a teaspoon, but if you really want the cardamom taste to shine use the full teaspoon.