Spanish-Style Lentils and Rice

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

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir onion mixture and tomatoes into rice mixture, and spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; top evenly with Cheddar cheese, and bake 5 more minutes.
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