Lazy Lentil Casserole

Lo, I have discovered the World’s Easiest HEALTHY Casserole. I found it in La Dolce Vegan, a fabulous cookbook, and tweaked it a bit (added garlic and smoked paprika, changed the other seasoning amounts, but that’s it).  Behold:

3/4 cup dried red lentils
3/4 cup brown rice
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable stock
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1  teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated parmesan, soy parmesan, or nutritional yeast (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients BUT cheese in large casserole dish. Stir, cover and bake for and hour and a half, stirring once halfway through. If using cheese, sprinkle on top. DONE!

It does take a while to bake but it’s totally inactive time. It’s a perfect pantry raid dish too! This is all stuff I have on hand 99% of the time; the only fresh produce you need is onions and garlic, and I’m good about keeping stocked on those (it helps that they don’t go bad for quite a while). If you don’t have smoked paprika, regular would be fine, and if you don’t have fresh garlic, I think powder would work here – in other words, it’s very open to experimentation and substitution. Go nuts! Then kick your feet up until it’s ready.

— posted by Anne

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *