Rice, lentil, and spinach pilaf

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr
8 min
52 min
We love this healthy, colorful, delicious pilaf, which is perfect as a side or light lunch. The rice and lentil combination is chockfull of protein, while the spinach and cranberries help add vitamins and minerals. Serve with some sesame breadsticks alongside. For added flavor, you can toast the pine nuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, shaking the pan and stirring constantly, until they're golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes, before stirring into the pilaf. And to thaw the spinach quickly, place it in a microwavable bowl and microwave on High for 2 minutes, stirring once, and it's all ready to go.


Olive oil

1 tsp

Uncooked shallot(s)

2 medium, minced

Uncooked basmati rice

¾ cup(s), brown variety

Vegetable broth

2¼ cup(s), low-sodium variety

Dry lentils

½ cup(s), picked over, rinsed, and drained

Fresh spinach

10 oz, frozen chopped variety, thawed and squeezed dry

Dried cranberries

½ cup(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Pine nuts

¼ cup(s)


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan, then add the shallots. Sauté until softened, 3–4 minutes. Add the rice and sauté, until the rice is lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the broth and lentils; bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach, cranberries, salt, and pepper; simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, 10–15 minutes. Fluff the mixture with a fork and stir in the nuts.