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Watermelon & Tomato Salad

Holly Clegg's healthy and easy to make Watermelon & Tomato Salad at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Chef, the movie and Grilled Ratatouille with Bulgur Salad

Grilled Ratatouille with Bulgur Salad at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Healthy Corn Dip

A recipe for Healthy Corn Dip from Holly Clegg at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Stuffed Collard Greens

Stuffed Collard Greens at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Roasted Broccoli with Pumpkin Seeds and Grated Pecorino

Roasted Broccoli with Pumpkin Seeds and Grated Pecorino from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com Photo by Romulo Yanes. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2014.

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Gorgonzola Radicchio Penne

A Meatless Monday pasta dish: Gorgonzola Radicchio Penne from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Spicy Celery Root & Carrot Slaw Salad

Spicy Celery Root & Carrot Slaw Salad at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

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Quick Healthy Lentil and Rice Casserole

Quick Healthy Lentil and Rice Casserole at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

This casserole recipe is based on the one from Amy Dacyczyn's book The Tightwad Gazette #2 [affiliate link]. I've made healthier by making it vegetarian and using brown rice.

This casserole dish is standby at our house when I don't have the time or energy to make anything fancy. Just chop, measure, mix, cook and serve. I usually double this recipe so we have lots of leftovers for my husband to take to work and reheat.

You can jazz this up by using different kinds of lentils (red, yellow, brown or green) and rice (white, basmati, sushi or black). Or try adding some cut up carrots, celery, or other pieces of vegetables to the casserole. It's a great way to use up leftover bits of this or that you have after making other recipes!

Amy writes that you can cook this in your crock pot, although I've never done that. It sounds a bit more thrifty as you're not heating up your entire oven, don't you think? And using your slow cooker is perfect for when it's too hot to cook, so I'll have to give it a try!

Quick Healthy Lentil and Rice Casserole at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Quick Healthy Lentil and Rice Casserole

Based on a recipe by Christina Parli of Springfield, Ohio

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Grated Parmesean-Reggiano for serving

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a large casserole dish. Cover with a lid or piece of heavy foil.
  2. Place in oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 300 degrees F.
  3. Serve with some grated Parmesean-Reggiano sprinkled on top.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4
  • Serving size: 1/4 of recipe