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Prime 10 Tasty Plant-Based mostly Lentil Recipes

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

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

Lentils are available in pink, brown, inexperienced and black varieties, and every have a singular texture and taste profile. Brown lentils have a gentle nutty taste, and can be utilized to bulk up soups, stews, and chilis. Inexperienced lentils, additionally known as French or Puy lentils, have a firmer texture and make scrumptious salads. Purple lentils are gentle and delicate and are great in Indian dishes similar to dal. There are infinite methods to organize 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 get pleasure from these hearty and flavorful dishes!

Prime 10 Tasty Plant-Based mostly Lentil Recipes

Mini Curried Lentil Wellingtons

Whereas it’s the good 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 complicated hand-held sandwich at a picnic or outside occasion (LA people, suppose Hollywood Bowl). You can also make them upfront 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 straightforward salad, seasoned with a French French dressing, is a basic 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 entire grain bread or my Cumin Cornbread Muffins, and you’ve got a balanced meal very quickly. You can even throw all of those elements right into a sluggish cooker within the morning, and a savory, aromatic meal will greet you whenever you come house on the finish of the day. You should use an Prompt Pot to get the meal finished much more shortly. 

Indian Model Yellow Lentil Stew

The key ingredient on this recipe is contemporary ginger—which affords simply the suitable pungent, sweet-spicy chunk. And the perfume of this stew is sort of spectacular. Although this stew is so fairly, due to its sunny coloration of yellow lentils, pink bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes, you possibly can shift the colour palate with totally different decisions of elements. You’ll be able to strive a special kind of lentil (inexperienced, brown, pink) or greens (inexperienced beans, peas, candy potatoes) within the recipe. 

Purple Lentil Stew with Root Greens

This savory Purple Lentil Stew with Root Greens is a shiny, sunny shade of orange—the proper method 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 gained’t quickly overlook. You will get this straightforward plant-based dish for Sage Lentils with Squash and Mushrooms on the desk in 40 minutes. I like to serve it with entire 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 stuffed with a wide range 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 gained’t even miss the meat on this plant-based recipe!

Mushroom Bomb Lentil Pasta

Retailer-bought lentil pasta is one other nice method 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 large bag for $10. I convey house 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 affords a pleasant texture and coloration 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 straightforward, 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 entire household will adore it. Plus, it’s straightforward on the pocketbook and makes nice leftovers the subsequent day!

Herbed Lentil Patties with Mushroom Sauce

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

For extra scrumptious lentil recipes, try extra of my favorites:

Acorn Squash Filled with 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 e-book

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