Lentils and peas

Lentils with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Stewed lentils with spinach and bell pepper

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.
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Spaghetti Squash with Peas and Almonds

Spagheti squash with peas and almonds

If ever there was a “fun” vegetable, it would be spaghetti squash. Here’s a tasty way to serve it, with a lightly curried tomato-coconut sauce, plus peas and almonds. I enjoy serving it to anyone who has never tried it, as everyone seems amused by its spaghetti-like appearance. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Curried Pasta with Spinach and Lentils

Pasta curry with lentils and spinach

Spinach and lentils often paired Indian cuisine. Here, they are given an unusual context when combined with pasta. For a delicious meal, serve with a fresh flatbread and sliced cucumbers in coconut yogurt, embellished with cilantro. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Golden Curried Pea or Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

This hearty soup, adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, features a variation serendipitously discovered by Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. Craving pea soup, Ricki pulled out the book, started the soup, and realized she had no yellow split peas. Undaunted, she quickly substituted red lentils and discovered that the soup works just as well with that substitution. Thanks to Ricki for that inspiration, and for the lovely photo here as well. more→

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Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds

Simple quinoa pilaf with peas and almonds recipe

Lots of peas and toasted almonds combined with quinoa add up to a tasty and nourishing pilaf. For a light meal, serve with Tossed Salad Wraps or with a bountiful salad of any kind, and fresh corn. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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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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