One-Pot One-Bowl Meal

2/3 cup brown rice
1/3 cup lentils (green, red, yellow or brown all taste a little different)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 head broccoli or cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed into small pieces
a handful or two of leafy greens (baby spinach, torn kale or chard)
 
1. Combine the rice and lentils in a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear.  If you have time, soak them in water to cover for a few hours.
2. In a saucepan, place the strained rice and lentils, plus 1 1/2 to 2 cups water (use the smaller amount if you soaked) plus the salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered for about 20 minutes.
3. Open the pan and add the sweet potatoes, and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
4. Open the pan and add the broccoli, and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes.
5. For the last 5 minutes or so of cooking, add the greens to the pan to steam.  No need to stir any of the veggies in, just place them on top of the steaming rice and lentils. Add more water if needed at any point.
6. While the pot is simmering, make the sauce (recipe follows).
7. To serve, scoop from the pot to get all the layers, then top with sauce and dig in. One pot. One bowl. One healthy, filling meal.
 
Sauce (this will make extra, so make a half-batch if you don’t think you’ll use it again soon)
 
In a blender, combine:
1 cup pumpkin seeds (toast them in a dry skillet first if you want them a little roasty tasting)
3 cloves garlic
fresh grated ginger to taste (a half inch to an inch piece)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider (or other) vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
3/4 to 1 cup water, as needed for the consistency you like
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
cayenne, if you like it hot