Oven Baked Lentils and Brown Rice

Alternative Title in Honor of Minnesota: Lentil and Brown Rice Hot Dish

I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now and thought I’d share it.

It is not:

  • fancy
  • gourmet
  • particularly photogenic
It is:
  • simple
  • easy
  • cheap
  • comforting
  • kid-friendly
I’m particularly drawn to the cheap part right now.  As the holidays hit and money starts to flow out the door, I always feel the need to tighten up the grocery budget a bit.  I think lentils, beans, rice and other grains will be on frequent rotation in our kitchen.  I may also have to ban myself from Whole Foods.  Anyone else feeling the budget pinch?
Oven Baked Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water (or combination of both)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: bay leaf + salt if using water instead of broth, rosemary, basil, any herbs to your liking
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Mix all ingredients in a 2 qt baking dish.
  3. Cover with lid or foil and bake for about an hour, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. That’s all.  See – so easy!
It’s good topped with crushed red pepper, nutritional yeast, parmesan cheese and/or gomasio.  I usually serve it with some bread for a simple but filling and tasty dinner.