Lentils and peas

Curried Lentils with Spinach

Lentil varieties

Here’s a simple, hearty everyday sort of dish; lentils and spinach are natural companions, and curried seasonings flavor them nicely. See the shortcut below for making this an even quicker dish using canned lentils. Adapted from Vegetariana. more→

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Red Lentil Dal

Red lentil dal

Dal, a kind of warm dip from Indian cuisine made of well-cooked legumes, is meant to be scooped up with fresh flatbreads such as chapatis or naan. Can’t find them? Use fresh pita instead. Tiny red lentils, available in natural food stores and imported food shops, cook to an appealing orange-gold color. Make it a little heartier by adding the optional potato or sweet potato to cook along with the lentils.  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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Lentils with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Lentils with sun-dried tomatoes and greens

Since my family loves lentils, I keep a few cans of organic canned lentils on hand to use when we want a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. If you prefer to cook your own, the dish will also come together in a snap if you have them cooked ahead of time. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils. There diminutive, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the greens and dried tomatoes. Green or brown lentils will taste just as good, though they’re not as pretty. This is great served with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts, or another grain dish, plus a simple salad. more→

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Mujaddarah (Middle Eastern Bulgur and Lentil Pilaf)

This traditional Middle Eastern dish is sometimes made with rice, and sometimes with cracked wheat. The grain is combined with lentils and lots of onions browned by olive oil. Even in its basic form, it’s delicious. Since we save some time by cooking (rather than soaking) the bulgur, I like to dress up this classic with the nontraditional but tasty additions of scallions and raisins.  more→

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Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens

Red Lentils In a wood bowl

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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Curried Potato Salad with Red Lentils

Red lentils in a wooden spoon

This luscious combination of potatoes, red lentils, and tomatoes is an exotic change-of-pace from the standard varieties of potato salad. more→

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