I’m not sure what made me try it again, but the remix has become a staple in the rotation, perhaps because it’s so easy and uses a lot of ingredients I often have on hand. I’m always trying to think of ways to use up my shredded chicken from the whole chickens I buy to make homemade chicken stock. For an easy meatless meal, you could certainly omit the chicken (as is the original recipe).
In keeping with the “Keep it Simple” theme for this week, I’m happy to share this simple slow cooker meal with you. I think it will be the first one I make when we introduce rice after the grain-free experiment. I was tempted to jump into that this weekend, but I’m sure we should have more than one week with the legumes brought back in before foraying into “real” grains. We’ve already introduced lentils – here’s how I use lentils and some recipes.
|Slow Cooker Lentil Brown Rice Casserole|
- 3/4 cup dry green lentils
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 c. water
- 2 1/2 –3 cups homemade chicken stock
- 1 cup tomato sauce or 1 can tomato paste (if using sauce, use 2 1/2 c. chicken broth)
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup of chopped green or red pepper
- 1 grated or finely chopped carrot
- 2 c. cooked, shredded chicken
- optional: other vegetables like spinach, broccoli
- 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning or taco seasoning
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese ( I prefer sharp cheddar, but Mexican blend with the taco seasoning or mozzarella with the Italian is also great)
- Combine rice, lentils, and water in the slow cooker following this rice soaking method.
- Allow to soak overnight with the machine turned off.
- Drain the water off, saving some, then add all the other ingredients and mix everything together in the slow cooker except for cheese.
- Set slow cooker to high for four hours or low for 8 hours, adding cheese about a half hour from the end of the time.
- Serve with salsa for the Mexican version, and optional spaghetti sauce with the Italian is great.
Recipe inspired by Cents to get Debt Free, where almost everyone loves her recipe. I must have been a fluke!
Although the finished dish will never win any beauty awards, I still cannot believe I don’t have a photo of it after as many time as we’ve had it!
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