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Lentil Casserole Recipe in Celebration of Vegetarian Day, October 1 !

September 30, 2011 Recipes No Comments

Date: Friday September 30, 2011

Houston, Texas and Gaithersburg, MD

In light of World Vegetarian Day on October 1, I’ve asked my brother, George, to share a recipe of his. Once upon a time George owned a vegetarian restaurant in Houston, Texas, when vegetables were not “in”.  He is a fantastic cook. I grew up eating Georges dishes and to this day love fresh vegetables, beans and fruits.

World Vegetarian day was started by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. According to the Oxford dictionary, a vegetarian  is “a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.”

For you vegetarians out there and non-vegetarians alike, enjoy!

By: George Mello

OK here is a totally vegetarian dish that is healthy and good for cooler weather plus it is easy to make.

Lentil Casserole

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cups lentils
1/2 cup brown rice
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 green pepper finely diced
1/2 red pepper finely diced
1 1/4 cups white wine
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1large clove)
1/2 teaspoon chopped basil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt plus ground pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 ounce of grated Cheddar

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a 1 1/2 quart ungreased casserole, combine all the ingredients except the cheese.  Place the uncovered casserole in the hot oven, and bake it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  The casserole should be moist but not runny.
3. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the casserole (if desired), and bake the casserole 5 minutes longer.

Serves 4.

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