Sick Day Special: Easy Peas and Rice Soup

Sorry for the quiet around here last week. I’ve been a little under the weather. Nothing terrible, just a cold that doesn’t want to go away.

Speaking of being sick, have you ever taken a sick day only to discover that your cupboards are bare and there’s nothing to eat? It’s happened to me more than once, and there really is nothing worse.

This easy Peas and Rice Soup was invented on just such an occasion!

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Lentil Brown Rice Salad + Weekly Meal Plan

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to create a weekly meal plan. If I’m staring into our refrigerator at 7:00 pm trying to come up with dinner ideas, I will most likely end up on the phone with our favorite Mexican place instead of cooking a healthy dinner.

Walking on the beach in Chacala, Mexico - www.HelloLittleHome.comIt doesn’t take much to put me in the mood for a Mexican vacation dinner!

I like to keep it super easy during the week. Some of my favorite time saving meals are hands-off crock pot recipes, big salads (ala Elaine from Seinfeld), and one pot dinners, such as soups or curries.

Or, I’ll cook a big pot of brown rice early in the week and use it for multiple meals. That’s what I did when I came up with this week’s meal plan:

Here is my totally customizable recipe for brown rice salad:

Lentil brown Rice Salad

Lentil Brown Rice Salad
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black lentils
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (cold)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 4 oz feta, crumbled
  • 1 pkg cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 5 basil leaves, chopped

Lentil Brown Rice Salad

Cook lentils in boiling, salted water until tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside to cool.

Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and season with salt and pepper.

Combine lentils, rice, cucumber, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Mix well. Add dressing, feta, and basil. Toss until well mixed. Adjust seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Notes: This recipe is very flexible. Try adding nuts, olives, roasted peppers, or marinated artichoke hearts. Replace the lentils with garbanzo or black beans. Substitute quinoa for the brown rice. The possibilities are endless!

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Cinco de Mayo

Happy Friday, friends! Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, and I think it’s the perfect excuse to throw a Mexican fiesta!

Chacala, Mexico beachRelaxing on the beach in Chacala, Mexico in March.

These Cinco de Mayo decorations were conceived for a wedding but would work equally well for a laid back party. I especially love the paper flowers and cactus centerpieces.

This super simple Umbrella Wreath looks fun to make.

Get your party rolling with this Pan Roasted Tomato Salsa and chips. Yum!

Chacala, Mexico beach sunset - www.HelloLittleHome.comSunset in Chacala.

I’ll definitely be making these Avocado Enchiladas. They look so good!

I love quinoa, and this Mexican Quinoa is a healthy twist on the more typical rice.

Our neighbor at Casa Monarca in Chacala, Mexico - www.HelloLittleHome.comA friendly neighbor at our casa.

Casa Monarca view in Chacala, Mexico - www.HelloLittleHome.comOur view at Casa Monarca.

Cool things off by serving a Melon Agua Fresca.

Or kick things up a notch with a Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas!

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my Mexican food pinterest board.

Walking on the beach in Chacala, Mexico - www.HelloLittleHome.comWalking on the beach in Chacala.

What is your favorite Mexican recipe?

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