Ground Control

By Gina Caputo

Ground Control

This grounding, earthy One Bowl Wonder is one of my go-tos for Meatless Mondays and includes my all-time favorite plant protein: Puy Lentils, aka French Lentils. They hold up better than other lentils and keep a toothsomeness that delights the palate! Did I mention how EASY this one is?


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup Puy Lentils or green lentils
  • 3 cups of arugula (spinach or super greens work too)
  • 1 Cosmic Crisp or Honeycrisp apple, diced
  • 1 package beets, diced (I like LOVE Beets)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper
  • Roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


  1. Prepare the quinoa in a rice cooker or according to package instructions
  2. Prepare the lentils either according to package instructions or boil them in 3 cups of water with a bay leaf and a dash of sea salt
  3. Dice the beets (if you’re making your own, either boil or steam them and be sure to peel them before dicing)
  4. Dice your Honeycrisp apple (or whichever apple you love best)
  5. Prepare your balsamic vinaigrette or have your favorite one handy
  6. When the quinoa and lentils are done, set them aside to cool a bit. Then combine quinoa, lentils, beets, arugula and apple in a large salad bowl.
  7. Add salt and pepper to your liking
  8. Toss well with balsamic dressing to your liking
  9. Top with pepitas, as many or as few as you like!
  10. Serve in individual bowls with love