3 cups of broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup brown rice
3/4 cup lentils
1teaspoon Italian seasoning*
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or garlic salt)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Stir everything together except the cheese in a 13x9 casserole dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 1 hr. and 10 minutes. Then remove the foil, top with cheese and bake an additional 20 minutes.
*if you don't have Italian seasoning: Combine equal parts of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and garlic and store in a small glass jar.
My adjustments: I top it with cubed potato and then make the potatoes look pretty with rosemary garlic seasoning. I never acually used the cheese because I have never had cheese and made casserole at the same time....hmmm..... I'll have to try it one day though. I also add a can of whatever beans i have on hand like black eyed peas, black beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans
To make it Mexican add one can of rotel, 1/2 cup of salsa, 1/4 cup or 1 packet taco seasoning, 1 can pinto beans , and a can of corn. when you remove the foil add crunched tortilla chips and Mexican cheese.
To make it chineese add 1/4 cup soy sauce, brocoli, chicken, celery,mushrooms,napa cabbage, garlic.......basically all your favorite stir fry ingredients and add more broth if you think you need to.