My husband and I have recently cleaned out our house of meats. Yes, that actually happened.
Since being pregnant, I’ve added only chicken to my shopping list.
I thought this would be more difficult since I grew up eating meat at lunch and dinner (Meatless Monday WHAT?)
It has honestly been quite a journey!
There are so many options out there. Pinterest has been my lifeline during the last few months
Here are a few things I have searched:
- Meatless meals
- Vegetarian lunch
- Vegetarian dinner
- High protein foods
There’s no need to be intimidated by the idea of new things. There are so many options. If you know how to spice up a meal, you are good to go.Check out these 25 Delicious Lentil Recipes Click To Tweet
Lentils have been a staple for most vegetarians, or variations thereof. I didn’t realize this until we made this change.
You can find out how to substitute lentils in the place of ground beef here.
I also had no idea how delicious they are! Lentils are so yummy. It just takes some time to find good recipes.
So, I found 25 for you.
On to the deliciousness!
25 Awesome and Delicious Lentil Recipes (that aren’t soup)
- Greek Lentil Salad
The total time needed for this recipe is only 30 minutes and it served four people. Its a great spin on a delicious classic.
You can find the full recipe at Delish Knowledge.
- Power Lentil Salad with Pomegranates and Swiss Chard
Source: The Mediterranean Dish
This salad is chock full of antioxidants, Vitamin K, fiber and protein. Talk about power! Not to mention this recipe only takes 20 minutes and feeds 6. Yum!
Check out the full recipe The Mediterranean Dish.
- Lentil Salad with Capers and Balsamic-Dijon Dressing
The recipe doesn’t exactly say how long it takes to make, but it looks like it will be under 20 minutes. Which is a huge win for me! It calls for very simple ingredients that you are bound to have in your kitchen. Double win.
You can find the full recipe at The Garden Grazer.
- Balsamic Lentil Salad
This recipe is great for any season. This recipe serves a whopping 8 people and only takes 10 minutes once your lentils have cooked. And the calorie count is only 124. Looks like I’m going up for seconds…
Check out the full recipe by Destination Delish.
Warm Lentil, Kale & Potato Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing
This warm potato salad has a delicious lentil twist. It is great as a leftover meal because it only gets better as it sits in the Lemon Dijon dressing. Mmm. This recipe takes a little longer because you have to steam and peel the potatoes, but is totally worth it.
You can find the recipe on She Likes Food.
Avocado Lentil Salad
This recipe only takes 5 minutes. 5 minutes! And you can change the recipe according to the season. Add pomegranate, spinach, and mandarin in the fall for a different take. Or you can use tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer for a more refreshing salad. So many options.
Check out the full recipe at Give Recipe.
Roasted Butternut & Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese
This recipe takes a total of 40 minutes, but will definitely be worth it. Just look at how delish that looks. Perfect for a yummy fall salad, this salad is packed with protein and potassium.
You can find the full recipe at Canadian Lentils. *Best name ever!*
Roasted Garlic and Tomato Lentil Salad
If you are looking for a simpler version of the lentil salad, this recipe will not disappoint. It’s another oven recipe so it takes a bit longer (approx. 40-50 minutes) but I’m all for oven recipes. Just prep it then leave it to do its own thing.
You can check out the recipe at Wendy Polisi.
- Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic, Cumin, Mint, and Parsley
If you are looking for a recipe with some culture, you’ve definitely come to the right place. This lentil salad is packed with an array of flavor.
You can see the full recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen.
French Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
The Wanderlust Kitchen is panning out to be my new happy place. Talk about an array of recipes. I love it! This recipe is no exception.
You can see the full recipe at The Wanderlust Kitchen.
- Classic Lentil Burger
These burgers can be made in 30 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I love quick meals. As someone who does the majority of the cooking AND works full time, quick meals are heaven sent.
You can find the full recipe at Making Thyme For Health.
- Lentil Shepherds Pie
This was the only recipe for lentil shepherds pie that didn’t take forever. It should be done in just under an hour—prep and all. And 26 grams of protein with each serving. How is that even possible?
You can find the entire recipe at A Virtual Vegan.
- Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos With Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Everyone loves tacos! If you don’t, I’m not sure we can be friends. This recipe is so easy and to the point. And who doesn’t love a great taco? Mmmm.
You can find the recipe at Cookie and Kate.
- Vegan Sloppy Joes
I don’t know where these have been the last few weeks. I plan on making these very soon. Like in the next month or so. You really can substitute beef by using lentils. It looks so good.
You can find the entire recipe at The Minimalist Baker.
- Red Curry Lentils
I recently bought Asian-style seasonings. I can’t wait to use them for this recipe! Nothing like curry and rice for dinner. Unless you have pizza. Pizza wins every time.
Check out the recipe at Pinch of Yum.
This staple Middle-Eastern recipe is simply made of lentils, onions, and rice. Easy and yummy. My kind of meal.
You can find the recipe at A Family Feast.
- Lentil Stuffed Zucchini
I recently made burrito zucchini boats (super delish) but these look amazing. I’m definitely making these next week. I just need to get more zucchini. And this, my friend, is how you get your kids to eat their veggies.
The full recipe at Little Spice Jar.
- Quick and Easy Lentil Quesadillas
Another Spanish lentil dish! I’m super excited. Quesadillas are the best comfort food. The lentils make it even better.
Check out this recipe at Pinch of Yum.
- Italian Lentil Quinoa Meatballs
When you have a sexy Italian/Irish husband, it’s important to know how to make yummy staple Italian dishes. Like lasagna, meatballs, and canolis. I haven’t mastered the last one, but its only a matter of time.
Find the recipe at Stacy Homemaker.
- Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes
This recipe makes about 15 cakes and only takes 35 minutes. What? Yeah I said that right. These are a great substitute for burgers.
Find the recipe at Gourmadelle.
- Lentil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
An easy, yummy meal? Sign me up! The hubby loves sweet potatoes so this is a must have for our household. Great for lunch or dinner, this recipe is worth pinning for later.
You can see this recipe at A Couple Cooks.
- Crunchy Garlic Lentil Snack
This recipe is for some good old-fashioned lentils that are cooked, drained, then roasted. Mmm. Perfect snacking opportunity.
Check out this 45 minute recipe at Food, Fitness, Fresh Air.
- Red lentil fritters with green yoghurt
Fritters are the perfect snack for my inner fatty. And these don’t disappoint at all. Try them with the yogurt dip. Absolutely heavenly!
Check out the recipe at Gourmet Traveller.
- Carrot, Walnut & Red Lentil Hummus
As the recipe says:
Nutty. Spiced. Savory. Protein-packed. Spreadable. Subtly sweet. Satisfying.
That’s all that needs to be said for our last snack recipe.
You can find the full recipe at Blissful Basil.
- Healthy Apple Lentil Muffins
Healthy food usually has a bad connotation. But this recipe gives new meaning to the word healthy. If you are looking for a yummy desert that won’t make you feel like you are cheating on your diet, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out this delicious recipe at Sift and Whisk.
So there you have it. 25 amazing lentil recipes that are totally worth trying.
Give it a shot and let me know in the comments which is your favorite.
Have you tried any of these? Which one is your favorite?
Alesia is a working mom who fights her way through life, depression, and just plain stupidity. She strives to show others that it is possible to be a bad-ass while you feel like you’re losing your mind. A Bottle of Sanity is a space in which working moms may find easy recipes, parenting tips, and sanity.