Lentils and peas

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens

Red lentil soup with sweet potatoes and greens

Both nourishing and sublimely satisfying, this thick soup incorporates fall’s first sweet potatoes with seasonal greens. Red lentils, which cook to a warm golden color, are available in natural food stores and ethnic groceries. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Winter Potato and Lentil Stew

lentil and potato stew

Here’s a simple, basic stew of potatoes and lentils that gets its kick from a cool coconut yogurt dressing that’s passed around for topping. Serve with a crusty bread or fresh flatbread and a colorful kale salad for a nice cold-weather meal.

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Creamy Green Pea and Cashew Butter Soup

Creamy cashew green pea soup

A delectable, high-protein puree made of cashew butter and white beans silken tofu forms the base of this nearly-instant creamy green pea soup. Served chilled or warm, it’s a treat when you crave fresh soup but don’t have the time for a lot of chopping and simmering more→

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Mujaddarah (Middle Eastern Bulgur and Lentil Pilaf)

Mujaddarah (lentil and bulgur pilaf)

Mujaddarah, a traditional Middle Eastern dish, is sometimes made with rice, and sometimes with cracked wheat (bulgur). The grain is combined with lentils and lots of onions browned by olive oil. Like many simple classics, it’s delicious. Serve with Fattouche Salad and a steamed green vegetable for an easy meal. Though they’re the least traditional to use in this (brown lentils are the usual) I like to make this with black beluga lentils for the visual contrast. more→

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Stewed Lentils with Vegan Sausage

Stewed Lentils with vegan sausage

Well-flavored vegan sausages make a bold statement in this easy lentil stew. It’s so hearty, all you need to complete the meal is fresh bread and a salad or slaw. If you can find beluga lentils, they give this dish extra visual appeal. VegKitchen recommends Tofurky or Field Roast brands for the vegan sausage; they’re less processed than the kind that used isolated soy protein. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Green Pea, Radish, and Vegan Cheddar Salad

Green pea, radish, and vegan cheddar salad

Here’s a very spring-y salad that pleases both the eye and the palate. I enjoyed it several times while traveling through some of the heartland states some years (or truthfully, some decades) ago, while still a vegetarian rather than a vegan. Its constant ingredients were the peas, cheese, and celery, with additional, varying ingredients. This is my version, a composite of those that I sampled, and now completely vegan, as it’s easy to substitute vegan cheddar cheese for its dairy counterpart. more→

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Moroccan Lentil and Garbanzo Soup (Harira)

Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)

This flavor-packed Harira, a Moroccan soup combining high-protein lentils and chickpeas, is perfect for the transitional evenings of late summer, though you can enjoy it any time of year. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Yellow Split Pea-Coconut Soup

Yellow split peas

Dishes in southern India frequently include the use of coconut. You can enjoy this soup recipe on its own or serve it as a South Indian “sambar” or “kootu” over rice. Recipe from Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty* by Cynthia and Laura Holzapfel (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. more→

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