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Lentil and Red Pepper Bake Recipe

Low-Calorie, Big Portions: Red Pepper and Lentil Bake

High in vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, red bell peppers make a perfect accompaniment to protein-rich lentils in this low-calorie recipe. Even better news? You'll be surprised at how large an under-250-calorie portion of this cheesy red pepper and lentil bake really is. Make a batch of this dish ahead of time and reheat throughout the week for a quick evening meal.

Red Pepper and Lentil Bake

Red Pepper and Lentil Bake

Notes

The original recipe calls for eight red bell peppers; I halved the amount and increased the amount of lentils by a little bit, but feel free to play with the ratio to your liking.

Lentil and Red Pepper Bake Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  4. 1/2 cup lentils, such as Puy or green
  5. 2 1/2 cups low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
  6. 4 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
  7. 1 large cooking apple such as Granny Smith or McIntosh, peeled, cored, and chopped
  8. 2 teaspoons dried basil
  9. 1/4 cup white wine
  10. 14 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
  11. 1 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  12. 1/3 ounce shredded parmesan cheese
  13. Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the olive oil gently in a large saucepan, add onion and garlic, and fry for five minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add lentils and stir, then add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers, basil, apple, white wine, and canned tomatoes and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture to an oven-proof 9-by-13 baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, or freeze remaining portions in individual servings.

Makes four servings.

Join The Conversation
ksingh421 ksingh421 2 years

this recipe is pretty terrible. i could barely finish my "big" serving. both my husband and i were incredibly disappointed. i don't recommend trying it at all--it's a waste of good lentils (you barely taste the lentlis!).

LoriMcCartney21534 LoriMcCartney21534 3 years

What is a "serving size"? I do not see it anywhere in this recipe.

csullivan829 csullivan829 3 years

Should I be using dry lentils for this recipe?

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