Love lentils? These delectable, protein-packed legumes are one of the vital versatile plant-based meals on the market. In the present day I’m sharing a few of my favourite lentil recipes, from appetizers to entrees.

Lentils are considered one of my favourite plant-based sources of protein. Not solely are they filled with fiber and different important vitamins, they’re comparatively low value, and really simple to arrange. Lentils are a part of the legume household, together with beans, peas, and chickpeas. They’re wealthy in folic acid, an vital nutrient, particularly for pregnant ladies. Lentils are additionally a terrific supply of potassium, a mineral that has been proven to assist cut back hypertension. The protein in lentils make them a terrific wholesome substitute for meat, and their excessive fiber content material helps maintain you full and glad.

Lentils are available crimson, brown, inexperienced and black varieties, and every have a singular texture and taste profile. Brown lentils have a light nutty taste, and can be utilized to bulk up soups, stews, and chilis. Inexperienced lentils, additionally referred to as French or Puy lentils, have a firmer texture and make scrumptious salads. Crimson lentils are gentle and delicate and are great in Indian dishes reminiscent of dal. There are infinite methods to arrange this glorious edible seed, however in the present day I’ve put collectively ten of my all-time favourite plant-based recipes. I hope you take pleasure in these hearty and flavorful dishes!

High 10 Tasty Plant-Primarily based Lentil Recipes

Mini Curried Lentil Wellingtons

Whereas it’s the excellent elegant entrée, with its savory, fragrant lentil vegetable filling encased in layers of crisp puff pastry, these mini Wellingtons are additionally actually scrumptious as an appetizer or a classy hand-held sandwich at a picnic or outside occasion (LA people, suppose Hollywood Bowl). You may make them prematurely and eat them chilly, or simply heat them up within the oven previous to consuming. 

French Inexperienced Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

A French ami shared her mom’s conventional recipe for lentil salad with me years in the past. This easy salad, seasoned with a French French dressing, is a traditional dish in France. It makes a beautiful, protein-rich spotlight of any meal. As a result of the flavors proceed to meld, it’s additionally nice the subsequent day.

Smoky Lentil Chili

Pair this chili with a salad and a serving of rustic complete grain bread or my Cumin Cornbread Muffins, and you’ve got a balanced meal very quickly. You can too throw all of those components right into a sluggish cooker within the morning, and a savory, aromatic meal will greet you whenever you come residence on the finish of the day. You should utilize an Immediate Pot to get the meal executed much more shortly. 

Indian Fashion Yellow Lentil Stew

The key ingredient on this recipe is recent ginger—which provides simply the fitting pungent, sweet-spicy chunk. And the perfume of this stew is kind of spectacular. Although this stew is so fairly, because of its sunny colour of yellow lentils, crimson bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes, you possibly can shift the colour palate with totally different selections of components. You may attempt a distinct kind of lentil (inexperienced, brown, crimson) or greens (inexperienced beans, peas, candy potatoes) within the recipe. 

Crimson Lentil Stew with Root Greens

This savory Crimson Lentil Stew with Root Greens is a shiny, sunny shade of orange—the proper technique to cheer up the cloudiest of days. Its hearty taste and texture make it preferrred to pair with a easy salad or sandwich half. 

Sage Lentils with Squash and Mushrooms

Flip to savory lentils ready with seasonal squash, earthy mushrooms, and fragrant sage for a easy, rustic meal you received’t quickly overlook. You may get this simple plant-based dish for Sage Lentils with Squash and Mushrooms on the desk in 40 minutes. I like to serve it with complete grain bread and a crisp kale salad for a physique and soul satisfying meal on a cool night. The leftovers are great, too.

Spicy Lentil Tacos

These Spicy Lentil Tacos are full of quite a lot of highly effective herbs and spices, together with garlic, chili peppers, chili powder, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. Heavy on taste and well being, you received’t even miss the meat on this plant-based recipe!

Mushroom Bomb Lentil Pasta

Retailer-bought lentil pasta is one other nice technique to get in lentils! This recipe was impressed by a visit to my farmers market, the place an area mushroom grower sells assorted mushrooms—enoki, shiitake, cremini, hen of the woods, maitake, oyster—by the big bag for $10. I convey residence one every week and get inventive within the kitchen all week lengthy. On this recipe, I showcase lentil pasta, since this gluten-free, nutritious pasta is wealthy in protein and provides a pleasant texture and colour to this dish. 

Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti

Consuming extra pulses—beans, lentils, dried peas—is a wholesome, cancer-fighting technique too. On this tremendous simple, one-dish meal, you swap out a conventional meat-based sauce for a tomato-forward, lentil and walnut Bolognese sauce, smothered over spaghetti noodles. Savory and scrumptious, your complete household will adore it. Plus, it’s simple on the pocketbook and makes nice leftovers the subsequent day!

Herbed Lentil Patties with Mushroom Sauce

I really like these simple Herbed Lentil Patties with Mushroom Sauce for a consolation meals meal any day of the week. You may whip them up very quickly. The creamy, savory mushroom sauce is a superb topping. Serve this with whipped potatoes and a aspect salad for a hearty meal that can fulfill the thoughts, physique and soul.

For extra scrumptious lentil recipes, take a look at extra of my favorites:

Acorn Squash Full of Sage Lentils and Wheat
Nourish Lentil Bowl
Curried Lentil Cauliflower Salad

Written by Ally Mirin, Dietetic Intern with Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

Picture: Dessert Sage Lentils from my upcoming California Vegan guide

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