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Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake - Overhead shot on blue background with some served up into bowls

Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake

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Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake is cheesy, delicious meatless comfort food even a carnivore will love and is super easy to prepare!  Simply combine everything in a baking dish, pop it in the oven and let it bake away while you do other things.
Course Vegetarian / Vegan Entrees
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6
Calories 245


  • ½ large onion (or 1 medium onion), finely chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¾ cup brown lentils
  • ¾ cup long-grain brown rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 can (4-ounce) diced green chiles undrained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning blend or another Southwestern-style blend
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaf--not ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheese Monterey Jack, Pepperjack or white Cheddar, divided
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients, except the cheese, in a deep 2-3 quart glass or ceramic baking dish and mix well. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 1 ½ hours, stirring once while the mixture is baking.
  • Remove the foil, stir in half the cheese and place the remaining cheese over the top.
  • Return to oven (uncovered) and bake until cheese has melted, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.



FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Bake and thoroughly cool.  Store in airtight containers and freeze 1-2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator.  Reheat in the oven, toaster oven or microwave.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1131mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 3mg