Low-Calorie, Big Portions: Red Capsicum and Lentil Bake

High in vitamin A, vitamin C, and fibre, red bell peppers make a perfect accompaniment to protein-rich lentils in this low-calorie recipe. Even better news? You’ll be surprised at how large an under-250-calorie portion of this cheesy red pepper and lentil bake really is. Make a batch of this dish ahead of time and re-heat throughout the week for a quick evening meal.

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Recipe Notes

The original recipe calls for eight red capsicums; I halved the amount and increased the amount of lentils by a little bit, but feel free to play with the ratio to your liking.

Recipe For Red Capsicum and Lentil Bake


1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup lentils
2 1/2 cups low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
4 red capsicums, de-seeded and chopped
1 large cooking apple such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 cup white wine
14 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
1 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 ounce shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Heat the olive oil gently in a large saucepan, add onion and garlic, and fry for five minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add lentils and stir, then add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Add the capsicums, basil, apple, white wine, and canned tomatoes and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture to an oven-proof 9-by-13 baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, or freeze remaining portions in individual servings.

Makes four servings.

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