I'm a little under the weather today, so rather than go out, I whipped up lunch from the rather lean contents of my cabinet:

1 box Near East Lentil Pilaf Mix
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shallots
handful of pine nuts
Pepper (fresh ground)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ginger
handful of Craisins

Saute pine nuts and shallots in olive oil for five minutes. Pour in 2 cups of water and the spice packet; bring to a boil. Add rice and lentils, a TON of fresh ground pepper, and the rest of the spices. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 25 minutes. Toss Craisins on top and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Mix together with a fork and stir. Total prep time: 10 minutes. Not having to leave the house: priceless.

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