HEALTHY LENTIL PEPPER BAKE

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The other day while perusing Pinterest, I came across the following pin.

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It links to a really yummy looking lentil salad recipe.  It made me want to make something with lentils and veggies for dinner, but with the weather being so cold still, I wanted something that was similar to warm comfort food, so I ended up making a Lentil Pepper Bake that turned out fantastic!

The variety of ingredients makes for a lot of different flavors that go together perfectly!  It’s beyond delicious!  I also really like this dish because it is filling, but low in calories.  Every ingredient is good for you, so it is packed full of nutrition.  This dish makes for a fantastic dinner on a chilly winter night!

LENTIL PEPPER BAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 4 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large green apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 ounce shredded goat’s milk cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 ounce shredded goat’s milk gouda cheese
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Rinse the lentils and set aside.

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2.) In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook till tender (about 5 minutes).

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3.) Add garlic powder, water, and lentils.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 25 minutes.

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4.) Add the peppers, apple, basil, cranberry juice, and tomatoes.  Mix well.

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5.) Transfer to a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.  Sprinkle both shredded cheeses on top.

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6.) Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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Serve immediately.  You will love this dish – SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

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