Lentil recipes for skeptics! These meatless lentil recipes are anything but boring, and will get you thinking differently about this humble legume. Fall in love with lentils and reap the rewards of their budget friendliness and amazing health benefits. Red, green, brown and yellow lentils all deserve a place in your heart!
As a vegetarian, lentils are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with! But they sometimes still get a bad rep for being boring, or unimaginative, or just a little too healthy. I am on a one woman mission to change the image of this humble but oh so versatile legume.
If you’d told me 10 years ago I’d be championing lentils on the internet for a living, I’d have fallen off my chair but here we are.
Lentils have many virtues. Let’s discuss.
Lentils are cheap
Canned lentils or lentils in a pouch? Pretty darn cheap. A bag of dried lentils? Ridiculously cheap. There are some very economical meals you can make with lentils.
If you want to slash your grocery budget, pleeeease buy some dried lentils and read on.
Lentils are nutritious
Lentils have so much going for them in terms of nutritonal benefits:
An excellent plant based protein source
High in fibre
High in plant based iron (remember to add some vitamin C to the party to make sure it can be absorbed)
A great source of folate… so if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, get on board with lentils!
You will find recipes here that span all sorts of different cuisines. We can use lentils to replace meat in American, Mexican and Italian dishes (to name a few). We can also look at cuisines which have traditional lentil recipes, cooked to perfection.
Whatever your fave cuisine, I bet we can work some lentils into it.
Vegetarian Lentil Recipes
Vegetarian lentil recipes that are anything but boring, and will get you thinking differently about this humble but surprisingly versatile legume.
An easy one pot vegetarian pasta dinner that the whole family will love! The protein packed cheesy tomato lentil sauce is thick, creamy and comforting. There is minimal chopping, everything cooks in one pan, and it's on the table in 20 minutes.
Red lentils and caramelized onions in a sweet coconut sauce. A creamy, mild and naturally sweet dish that is simple to prepare and works well as a side dish or a main meal with rice. These coconut lentils are vegetarian, vegan and great for babies and kids.
These easy vegetarian lentil tacos are ready in under 30 minutes! The lentils are deliciously spiced and smoky, with fresh tangy mozzarella and creamy avocado to top it off. Using canned green lentils makes this recipe come together quickly and easily, for a healthy 30 minute dinner.
Lentil, quinoa & barley vegetarian shepherd's pie with a potato, parsnip and goats cheese topping! This veggie pie is packed with flavor and texture. It's sure to be adored by your family and is one of the healthiest comfort food dishes you can prepare.
This is a healthy, easy vegetarian quesadilla recipe with a difference! Smoky lentils and wine-infused kale pair with melted provolone cheese for a flavor combo unlike any vegetarian quesadilla you've had before. Topped off with creamy avocado, this makes a delicious lunch or dinner.
This tasty vegetarian and vegan green lentil bolognese is the perfect weeknight dinner, packed with veggies and green lentils in a rich tomato sauce. This bolognese sauce is kid friendly and sure to win over anyone who tries it.
This quick and easy Beluga Lentil Salad recipe is made with salty, chewy halloumi croutons to take it to the next level. Make it with black lentils, Puy lentils, or French green lentils, this is a healthy lentil salad recipe you’ll come back to again and again.
This vegan moussaka is Greek comfort food at its finest. It’s loaded with flavor from layers of roasted eggplant, fluffy mashed potatoes, nutrition-packed lentils and chickpeas, and a creamy vegan Bechamel sauce. Dig in!