Yummy...and healthy?!?!?

I'm always on the lookout for recipes that allow me new ways to incorporate whole grains into our diet.

My sweet friend Sabrina shared this recipe with me a few months ago, and it languished for too long before I remembered to give it a try.

How could a side dish that looks so absolutely unappealing taste so absolutely yummy???

I'll have to add that to my list of questions to ask Jesus when I see Him.

Nah, I will totally not be thinking about brown rice and lentils when I finally get to see Jesus face to face!

WOW - was this side dish a hit at our house...with all 6 of us! Daniel had seconds and thirds the first time we tried it a month ago. And it is easy to throw together. And it is not expensive. Those are my four criteria for what I feed my family: cheap, easy, yummy, healthy

This recipe is definitely a keeper on all four accounts!

I made it for our extended family's Easter supper (and got more thumbs-up) and when I was making it for my family again last night, it occurred to me that I just shouldn't keep a jewel like this to myself:

Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole

3 c. chicken broth

3/4 c. lentils (mine are from the co-op, but you can find them with dried beans at the grocery store)

1/2 c. brown rice

3/4 c. chopped onion

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

1/4 - 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder ( I used 1/2)

1 c. grated cheese, cheddar or a blend is preferrable (note: I used mozzarrella because that was all we had on hand, it was good)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all ingredients except cheese in a baking dish (I use 11x7in.). Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Then remove foil, add cheese, and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Enjoy!

(Note: If you're like me in another way - always running behind and in a hurry - you can do like I did and increase the temperature and shorten the cooking time! Shhhh - don't tell anyone my secret!)

1 comment:

  1. Joli,
    After reading your post, I decided that I would pull the recipe out again. This time, though, I didn't use onions but rather onion powder. The kids don't like onions. And I added a half a can of cream of mushroom soup. It was yummier than I had remembered! :)



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