This was an excellent meal , and great served along side of fresh steamed green beans and mashed potatoes! The prep time includes the cooking time for the rice and lentils. Can do this step ahead of time. I used the sprouted brown rice, quinoa blend from Costco. Its a great blend and only takes about 30 minutes to cook. I also use fresh sage from my garden and put in about 1-2 Tbs of chopped fresh sage. Never be afraid to add more herbs! I also added more Italian seasoning as well.