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Herbed Lentils and Rice Recipe

Looking for dishes that are both healthy and yummy, Judy Manbeck latched on to lentils, "I'm trying to incorporate more legumes and whole grains into our diet, so this blend of lentils and rice is perfect," she writes from Chanute, Kansas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour 35 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-2/3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or additional broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients; stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until lentils and rice are tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring twice. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Fact: 1 cup equals 329 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 601 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.