Spanish-Style Lentils and Rice

Lentils, in combination with rice, make this a protein-complete dish.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


3 1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 cup dried lentils
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (10-ounce) can ROTEL Mexican Festival Diced Tomatoes
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Sauté onion and bell pepper in a large lightly greased nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until tender. Add cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.

Stir onion mixture and tomatoes into rice mixture, and spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; top evenly with Cheddar cheese, and bake 5 more minutes.

September 2003