Lentil Pilaf

Look what I made today!  It’s Lentil Pilaf!  lentil pilaf

Honestly, growing up I can’t remember a lentil ever coming across my plate but raising my own kids I have been known to slip in a few lentils every now and again. 🙂

My first introduction to lentils came in the form of Near East Lentil Pilaf.  I made it and the kids ate it.  It was a proud nutritionist moment.

The next time I made lentil pilaf, I didn’t rinse my saucepan enough and the  pilaf came out soapy tasting. Oops.

My kids will never let me forget it. Ha!

Lentils are a great source of fiber, 9 grams in just 1/2 cup serving! WOW!!

Near East mixes are fine in a pinch but moving away from ‘boxed foods’ and into more whole foods, I thought I might just try my own lentil pilaf sans soapy-taste.

I started my recipe with a little garlic infused oil and added a red bell pepper.  Look at this beauty!pepper

So for my FODMAPers, lentils get the ‘green light’ especially canned lentils, 1/2 cup serving (without onion and garlic).  Westbrae makes an appropriate product. (Shout out to Lisa, my client, for finding these!)lentils

I drained and rinsed the lentils to lower the FODMAP content even more.lentils draining

Today, I cooked up some garlic infused oil (FODMAPers, of course, remove garlic after flavor infused), tossed in some chopped red bell pepper, added some cooked brown rice, some drained and rinsed canned lentils and garnished with fresh basil, scallion (green part only FODMAPers) and some sea salt and pepper.  I ate 2 large servings for lunch.  Deeeeelllish!pilaf

Now, on this beautiful sunny day, I have to haul my butt outside and take a run.  I make it sound like a chore, don’t I?  But, really, I do love every minute of it.

Lentil Pilaf


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (can use Trader Joe's pre-cooked, frozen brown rice)
  • 1 15 ounce can Westbrae lentils or about (1 1/2 cup cooked lentils), drained and rinsed
  • 2 scallions, sliced (green part only FODMAPers)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Saute garlic in oil over medium heat in medium size skillet (FODMAPers remove garlic once flavor infused)
  2. Add in chopped red pepper and cook until fork tender.
  3. Fold in rice and lentils.
  4. Garnish with scallions and basil.
  5. Season with sea salt and pepper.