Yummy Red Lentil Cheddar Bake | Slimming Eats Recipe (2024)

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Lentil Cheddar Bake - a cheesy lentil bake with peppers that is great as it is with a salad or as a side to soup or chilli.

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Lentil Bake

This lentil cheddar bake is a recipe I've been making for many years now and it's made on a regular basis in the summer months, purely because it's a great portable high protein recipe.

It is actually really versatile recipe too, that can be easily adapted with different vegetables of your choosing. Although I tend to stick to it just as it is nowadays, as the flavours are perfect.

Cooking Red Lentils

Cooking red lentils is really easy, usually the are add into curries or soups as a great thickening ingredient so we don't need to pay too much attention to the right ratio of liquid.

In this recipe however, we are using the lentils as the main ingredient for this bake, so we don't want too much liquid that the lentils are too wet once cooked. I find the perfect ratio for is a 2:1. So for 1 cup of lentils (192g) we want 2 cups of stock (480ml).

Vegetable or Chicken stock are my prefered stocks to use for this and the great thing about cooking in stock is it will also flavour the lentils. Make sure however if you use stock cubes that the check the packaging so you know how much to sue for the right amount of mls.

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Different Varieties of Lentils

This recipe uses red lentils, and they are the ones you want for this recipe, as when cooked they break down and are almost paste like.

Other varieties of lentils like green and brown hold their shape when cooked and won't work as well in this recipe, the texture would be different and it won't hold together as well.

Cooking the Lentil Bake

I like to cook it in a 7 inch springform pan. It gives the Lentil Cheddar Bake a decent height and is easier to remove and slice once cooked. I use my springform pans regularly for things like Quiches or Cheesecake. I have various different sizes and they are a great cookware item to have. How many times have you cooked something and then struggled to remove it from the pan without make a mess? The springform pans solve all of that.

However you can use any dish you want, just ensure if you don't use a spring form pan that you grease it well with some spray oil, so it's easy to remove once cooked.

You could even bake it as individual sized muffins (but be aware these do not have a cake/bread like texture). That way it is all portioned out perfectly for you. Just be aware if you do bake it like this you will need to reduce the cooking time as it won't take as long to cook this way.

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Type of Cheese for Lentil Bake

Here in Canada, most of our cheddar is a deep orange/yellow colour due to added annatto. My favourite is Balderson's Canadian Extra Old Cheddar which I get at Costco Canada.

If you want to get the deeper yellow/orange colour to the bake, Red Leicester is a good substitute to use to achieve the same colour, slightly different taste, but still works really well.

How to Serve Lentil Cheddar Bake

A slice of this Lentil Cheddar Bake makes a great lunch time meal, perfect on it's own with a salad, or on the side of your favourite soup. My favourite way to enjoy this is with one of my many chilli recipes instead of rice. The cheese flavour with peppers, cilantro and jalapenos is a great pairing.

Here are some of the amazing chilli recipes on Slimming Eats:

  • TURKEY CHILLI (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
  • BEST EVER CHILLI CON CARNE
  • CHICKPEA VEGETABLE CHILLI (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
  • BEEF AND SIX BEAN CHILLI (STOVE TOP, INSTANT POT AND SLOW COOKER)
  • INSTANT POT CHOCOLATE CHILLI
  • BEEF AND ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHILLI
  • SWEET POTATO, VEGETABLE AND LENTIL CHILLI

You can enjoy this hot or cold, so it is perfect for packed lunches or meals on the go and for taking in picnics during the summer months.

I also really like a slice of it with this Tomato and Onion Relish on the side.

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Perfect Lentil Recipe for Vegetarians

This Lentil Cheddar Bake is perfect for vegetarians too if you use vegetable stock to cook the lentils instead of chicken and then pair it with one of my vegetarian Chilli recipes above.

It is a also a great budget friendly dish because lentils are usually pretty cheap. You can normally grab a big bag of red lentils for a couple of $ here in Canada, and no doubt less than a couple of pounds in the UK.

I tend to buy dried pulses and beans where possible instead of canned as not only are they cheaper, but I find theytaste better too when you cook them yourself. If money is tight. Lentils are a great substitute for ground meat too in dishes like bolognese and shepherd's pie.

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More Lentil Recipes

Looking for some other lentil recipes? Check out these:

  • VEGAN CREAMY COCONUT MUSHROOM LENTILS (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
  • SPICY SWEET POTATO AND LENTILS
  • SPICY LENTILS AND SPINACH (STOVE TOP AND INSTANT POT)
  • COCONUT CHICKEN AND LENTIL CURRY
  • TACO LENTIL SOUP (INSTANT POT OR STOVE TOP)
  • LENTIL BOLOGNESE
  • LENTIL CURRY (INSTANT POT AND STOVE TOP RECIPE)

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Lentil Cheddar Bake

Yield: SERVES 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Lentil Cheddar Bake - a cheesy lentil bake with peppers that is great as it is with a salad or as a side to soup or chilli.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (192g) of dry red lentils
  • 2 cups (480ml) or chicken or vegetable stock
  • 120g of cheddar, grated
  • ½ red pepper, finely diced
  • ½ green pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced (optional)
  • handful of coriander, finely chopped
  • black pepper and to season
  • 3eggs
  • cooking oil spray (I used avocado)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180c or 350f
  2. Rinse in red lentils in a sieve until running water
  3. Place red lentils in saucepan over a medium high heat cover with the stock and cook until stock is almost absorbed, turn off heat, add lid and leave for 10-15 mins to soak up any remaining liquid. (the lentils shouldn't be wet)
  4. In the meantime, spray a frying pan with spray oil and cook the onion, peppers and garlic for approx 4 mins until softened, add the jalapeno in for the last couple of minutes.
  5. Once lentils are ready add them to a bowl.
  6. Add the onion, red pepper, green pepper and garlic, plus some freshly chopped coriander, stir in the grated cheddar until all combined.
  7. Taste the mix and season with salt and black pepper to your desired taste.
  8. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  9. Spray a round 7 inch springform tinwith somespray oil, add the mixture and bake in the oven till it is golden and set. Approx 30-40.mins.
  10. Serve with your choice of sides. I love a slice of this with a bowl of chilli.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 4Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per ServingCalories 370Total Fat 14.2gSaturated Fat 7.6gCholesterol 171mgSodium 569mgCarbohydrates 33.8gFiber 6.5gSugar 3.4gProtein 27.3g

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