Easy and versatile!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in 2 to 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. I use a 9 inch square baking dish.
Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until lentils are tender and rice is cooked.
During last 20 minutes of baking, top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (optional).
Stir in cheese just prior to serving.