Lentil Rice Medley Recipe
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Lentil Rice Medley Recipe

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With so many fresh ingredients, this medley pairs well with milder foods, such as chicken or fish, and can easily stand alone as a main dish. Writes Dee Fifer of Commerce City, Colorado, “This lentil recipe that I make often for my family and company is always enjoyed.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 120 calories, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add carrots; cook 2 minutes longer. Add lentils and rice; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in broccoli and zucchini; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until lentils and rice are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato sauce and tomato; heat through. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Lentil Rice Medley in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p63

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angela leach 134939
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Very good. In Albuquerque it took 1 Hr. to cook lentils and brown rice. Also added 3 3/4cups of water."

Modogeist 69066
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I had a very hard time with this recipe. My rice and lentil took longer to cook then expected and the taste just wasn't to our liken."

judi5165 207231
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"I would rate this 5 out 5, I also added a little cinnamon, coriander and curry powder (not much, just a sprinkle). Shared this with friends and received much positive feedback. Very simple recipe."

Isolda 147720
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This went over well at a gathering I carried it to, where several of the people were vegetarians. I made it with regular long grain rice, but I want to make it with the brown next time."

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