Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Cheapest yet Yummiest Dinner Of All Time

Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole. I stole the recipe from an old blog but also found it at $5 Dinners and it is so easy, so cheap, healthy and delicious. I also double the recipe, putting the dry ingredients in one bag and the chopped onion in another and it freezes for an extra quick meal to throw together. It takes a while to cook but it is all hands off time! Also if you are on WIC this meal is practically free. On $5 Dinners she breaks down the cost of the meal which is less than $2. For the whole thing! Plus you could use vegetable stock and it is a great option for a vegetarian family too.
It doesn't really look appealing in pictures so I will spare you the awkward blog photo, but just try it. It's what's for dinner tonight!

3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) 
3/4 cups green lentils, although any color will do 
1/2 cup brown rice 
1/2 yellow onion, chopped 
2 tsp Italian seasoning 
1 tsp garlic powder 
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Add broth, lentils, brown rice, chopped onion, and spices to 9×13-inch glass baking dish. Stir together and cover tightly with foil.
3. Bake at 300 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
4. Remove foil and sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and return to oven and bake uncovered for 20 more minutes, or until cheese is completely melted.
5. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer or in a microwavable dish covered with plastic wrap for 4-5 mintues.
6. Serve Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole with Steamed Broccoli.

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