Happy New Year, folks! I wish you all the best 2017! Today we’re talking about one of my favourite pulses, red lentils. Red lentils are a wonderful addition to many dishes because they don’t need to be soaked or pre-cooked before you add them to your dish AND they’re full of protein and fibre. AKA they’ll keep you fuller, longer.
Split red lentils, (also called Egyptian lentils) are FULL flavour and perfectly compatible for a vegetarian or vegan diet. How many more reasons do you need to include more red lentils in your life?
Today, with some help with my fellow bloggers, I’m sharing 8 ways to eat red lentils for dinner + one creative way to eat them for dessert! Let me know if you try any of these – I know I’ll be adding some to our weekly meal plans!
Pair this Syrian Red Lentil Skillet Bread from Strength and Sunshine with chili or a hearty vegetable soup.
Stew is one of my favourite one-dish meals. Get your lentil fix with this Lentil Stew from Food Parsed.
Serve this Lentil and Mushroom Ragu from The Conscientious Eater over pasta. [Also check out this blog if you’re looking for all the veg based recipes, Faith’s photos are stunning!]
When you’re in a hurry, try combining this Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Dip in a bowl with left overs such as: roasted potatoes and veggies, rice, your favourite fresh veggies, and chicken or tofu for a filling quick meal.
This One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta from Emma’s Little Kitchen is another great one-pot recipe. Make double the recipe to have left overs for lunches!
For something super convenient, break out your slow cooker and try these Crockpot Lentil Sloppy Joes from Fairyburger.
Serve these Oil-Free Vegan Lentil Falafel from Healthy Helper in pitas filled with veggies and your favourite tatziki sauce.
This Lentil and Mushroom Curry with Wild Rice from This Runner’s Recipes combines lentils with wild rice for a meal that packs a huge nutrition punch!
Of course you need dessert too: Try this Triple Layer Vegan Coconut Cream Cake by Chronicles of Passion featuring the humble red lentil!
Let’s chat – Do you like red lentils, or have you tried them before? Who’s with me in trying to eat more red lentils this year!?