Lentils and peas

Split Pea Soup with Barley and Vegetables

Split pea soup with vegetables and barley

Split pea soup, an American classic, is high on my list of great comfort foods. You can make this one with green or yellow split peas; the vegetables and barley make it even more enticing. A meal in a bowl, you need just add salad and fresh bread and you’re all set. more→

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Spaghetti Squash with Peas and Almonds

Spaghetti squash

If ever there was a “fun” vegetable, it would be spaghetti squash. I enjoy serving it to anyone who has never tried it, as everyone seems amused by its spaghetti-like appearance. more→

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Curried Lentils with Spinach

Lentils With Spinach

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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Mung Dal

Mung dal

This recipe for mung dal is adapted from Julie Sanhi’s Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking. Similar to dal made of red lentils, this is kind of a cross between soup, stew, and sauce, and is good scooped up with fresh flatbread. 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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