Meatless Monday Lentil Recipes

by - Monday, May 21, 2018


Every week we are exploring vegetarian meals for meat eaters. Cooking with seasonal vegetables can seem really limiting at first, but the possibilities are endless. And it is worth it. Just cutting one day of meat eating out of our diet can keep thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere a year. No seriously, it's that big a deal. Plus, it's a great opportunity to have some new adventures and try new things. Just another way to take care of the planet AND make life a little bit better!

vegetarian lentil recipes

Lentils are favorites for vegetarians because they can be used as a meat substitute. You will see lots of lentil loafs to stand in for mom's meatloaf.

I don't recommend these things, because I think they make eating meatless seem scary. Like you are overcoming grief and constantly trying to replace what you miss with an unconvincing facsimile.

So for all of us trying to work more and more meatless meals into our diet, I am going to focus on lentil meals to fall in love with lentils.

Lentils mostly end up in soups, so you have tons of options and can be on the lookout for good ones. If you are sick of soups and curries, this post from Great List has so many great ideas. But I like soup, so let's look at some.

vegetarian lentil recipe lentil and vegetable soup
from Dear Crissy
This lentil veggie soup from Dear Crissy can be done in the crock pot, and I love having some simple recipes like that for midweek.

vegetarian lentil recipe coconut and lentil soup
from Budget Bytes
I had a completely amazing coconut and lentil soup once, so I am always on the lookout for something similar. I love this recipe from Budget Bytes. Such a beautiful color and the spices make it look delicious.

vegetarian lentil recipe lentil curry
from The Endless Meal
If you are looking for a more traditional curry, there are plenty out there too. I am ready to try this one from The Endless Meal right now; it just looks so hearty and delicious.

vegetarian lentil hummus recipe
from Evolving Table
You can also make hummus with lentils! Check out this recipe from Evolving Table. She points out that lentils have less fat and more nutrients than chickpeas, so now I totally want to try it. Super curious about this one.

vegetarian lentil and black bean salad recipe
from The Garden Grazer
Lentils can make for delicious salads as well. The Garden Grazer has a recipe for a black bean and lentil recipe with a southwestern feeling. And southwestern food is so delicious! As the weather is finally getting warmer, this feels like a perfect meal.

vegetarian lentil and brussel sprouts recipe
from Imagelicious
For something really different, I might try this lentil and brussel sprouts dish from Imagelicious. I think a good sprout is pretty darn amazing, and throwing some lentils in gets you some protein and heartiness on top.

vegetarian lentil meatballs recipe
from Well-Plated
Now I know I said no lentils as meat substitutes, but Well-Plated is one of my favorite recipe sites and I am just a little curious about how these work. I feel like with a spaghetti sauce you might be able to get away with the old lentil switch. Anyone tried something like this?

vegetarian lentil recipe

Want more vegetarian recipes to try? Awesome! Adding more meatless meals to your diet is such a fun challenge and you can discover so many things you like. Check out this page for all of the Meatless Monday Recipe Round Ups!

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