Polka Dot Stew

4 to 6 c. water

1/2 c. dry lentils (brown or green), rinsed

1/2 onion, finely chopped

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1/3 c. dry white rice (or brown rice)

1 large carrot, peeled, halved, thinly sliced

2 chicken bouillon cubes (or more according to taste)

2 to 4 T. tomato sauce

sea salt, garlic salt, and pepper to taste

In pot: water, lentils, onion (and if using brown rice, add now also).  Bring to a boil, turn to low, cover, cook for 25 minutes. Add rice (if using white), carrots, bouillon, tomato sauce, and more water if needed.  Bring to a boil, cover, turn to low, cook 20 more minutes. Season with sea salt,  garlic salt, and pepper to taste.  Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Serve with whole wheat bread or flour tortilla crackers.

Tip: dry beans (also called legumes) plus grain, make a complete protein. For example:  burritos are beans with flour tortilla,  or southern tradition of beans with cornbread, also rice and beans, or lentil soup and whole wheat bread.