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Baked Lentils With Cheese | The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

Updated on September 8, 2011

Here is a main dish from The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book that was given to Dorothy by my former Sister in Law Cyndy. It is one of the few vegetarian recipes that I have found satisfying enough to use as a main dish. I like to accompany it with a plain lettuce salad, and garlic bread. Lentil dishes such as this are particularly popular in India and throughout the Middle East. Lentils are the highest, directly edible vegetable source of protein, Soybeans and Hemp are one and two but I know of no direct applications of either for ingestion. In addition to high levels of protein lentils include dietary, fiber, folate, and vitamin B1, they are also particularly high in Iron.

Lentils soups are popular all over the northern hemisphere but this casserole, has a stick to your ribs quality that ranks right up there with Lasagna or any mixed rice dish. However you choose to serve it, Do Enjoy!!

Lentil Beans
Lentil Beans

Baked Lentils with Cheese

1 ¾ cup Lentils, rinsed

2 cup Water

1 Bay leaf

2 tsp Salt

¼ tsp Pepper

1/8 tsp each of Marjoram, Sage, and Thyme

2 large Onions, Chopped

2 cloves of Garlic, minced

2 cans Canned Tomatoes (12 oz)

2 large Carrots, sliced approx 1/8 in slices

½ cup Celery thinly sliced

1 green Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp Parsley, chopped

12 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Pre Heat Oven to 375 (F) 191 (C)

  1. Combine the lentils, water, bay leaf, salt, pepper, marjoram, sage, thyme, onions, garlic, and canned tomatoes in a 13 X 9 inch baking dish, Cover tightly and bake in preheated 375 oven for 30 minutes
  2. 2 Uncover and stir in the carrots and celery. Replace cover and bake another 40-60 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Uncover and stir in Green Pepper and Parsley. Sprinkle the Cheddar Cheese on Top and bake uncovered for 5 minutes until Cheese melts
  4. Let stand 5 minutes or so before serving.

Yield 6 to 8 Servings


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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Shaz - Thanks For stopping By and Do Enjoy!!

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Ummm... yum yum.. I will bookmark this and give it a try! Thank you, my friend! x

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      ladyjane - it is after all some healthy eating! Do Enjoy!!

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      ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

      You made me hungry, I guess I will have to try this sigh...good hub.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      ivori - sounds good to me I'm on the way save me some!! Thanks!

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      ivori 8 years ago

      Don't think I've ever made anything with lentils. Thinking a slab of good ole smoked, salty bacon would be great in there. And, a tad of Jose Cuervo would be great to wash it down! Thanks for the recipe, I'll give it a whirl.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      BPOP - I think you will find this Unique Do Enjoy!

      50 Cal - Depleted supplies of Cpt C is a class 2 emergency at my house (just behind being out of Jose Cuervo and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts!) I'd be on a resupply run too. Think you'll like this one, and the really cool thing about lentils is they absorb other tastes like ham, bacon, etc even better than more traditional beans. Do Enjoy!!

      Pam - I really only have one soup that I really enjoy and that is split pea thick as a London Fog and loaded with ham bits! This will be a great option for ya as it comes out the consistency of lasagna really sticks to the old ribs! Do Enjoy!

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      I like lentils and make soup with them occasionally. I will copy this recipe for future use.

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      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      I'll have to pick up a bag of lentils and test drive them, I don't know that I've ever tried them. Recipe looks tasty. I'm due for a trip into town I'm out of Captain Crunch and I can't have that!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      I love lentils and I will try this recipe. Thanks, it looks and sounds wonderful.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Do enjoy amulets ! Thanks for stopping by!

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      amulets 8 years ago from Singapore

      That's look very nice. It is healthy sort of eating. Thanks for sharing.