Tomorrow is an exciting day in my classroom.
After learning about the Ancient Roman empire for two semesters, we will celebrate the culminating activity with a Roman feast.
The kids are beyond excited.
They’ve created their togas and stollas, fashioned their jewelry and broaches, and even decided on special Romanesque hairstyles.
But who am I kidding, the party isn’t about the fashion or Roman games, it’s about the food!
Luckily I have an amazing group of parents who are providing most of the food for the feast.
The kids, however, will bake Roman bread.
I’m contributing a recipe of my own- Grape leaves stuffed with lentils and shallot cooked brown rice.
I’m not claiming that my contribution is an authentic Roman recipe, it’s more of a “What would Kendel make with the ingredients in a Roman kitchen.”
Whereas the Romans would have used cereal grains like spelt, I’ve used brown rice which has been cooked with shallots and vegetable stock. Although brown rice was unknown to the Romans, I thought it would help hold the leaves together.
I’ll top the prepared stuffed grape leaves with tomatoes tomorrow and bake them before serving.
Hopefully the kids will feel like they’re truly at a Roman feast.
I still had leftover lentils and brown rice once the leaves were all stuffed so ate the extra stuffing as dinner.
With a simple drizzle of olive oil, these two easy ingredients made a filling and fancy-tasting dinner.
Lentils with Shallots and Brown Rice
Vegan ~ Vegetarian ~ Simple
For the lentils
1 can cooked lentils
2 bay leaves
For the rice
1/2 cup brown rice
1- 1 1/4 cups water
2 small shallots, chopped
1 tsp. vegetable stock granules
fresh black pepper
- Cook the rice according to package instructions along with the addition of the shallots and stock granules.
- Warm the lentils and bay leaves over medium-low heat until the bay leaves become aromatic.
- Plate the rice and lentils together, drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper to taste.