5 Lentil Recipes We're Whipping Up This Weekend

The weekend is here and, as we continue sheltering-at-home, we're ready to get creative in the kitchen. Lentils are a healthy pantry staple, as they keep for a long time and can be used in almost any dish. They are also incredibly affordable and can be bought in bulk—minimizing excess packaging and waste.

Here are a few of the recipes we're eyeing for our weekend chef-session. They are easy, (mostly) plant-based, and as nutritious as they look delicious!

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1. LEMONY LENTIL SOUP

Recipe by: Gimme Some Oven

This recipe combines riches spices with hearty veggies and red lentils. The acidic lemon and minced garlic brighten the soup and give it a powerful flavor-boost. We love devouring a big bowl alongside peppery crackers or warm bread.

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2. ONE POT CHEESY MEXICAN LENTILS

Recipe by: Recipe Runner

For a Mexican-inspired dish that resembles something of a burrito bowl, this one pot lentil recipe is healthy, vegetarian, and gluten-free. It includes lots of veggies, spices, beans, and—our favorite—green chiles. Customize with your preferred mixing and top with cashew sour cream.

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3. LENTIL EGGPLANT LASAGNA

Recipe by: Minimalist Baker

This dish combines eggplant and lentils for a unique and healthy take on a household favorite. We especially love the tofu ricotta replacement, made cheesy with nutritional yeast and vegan parmesan cheese. Second servings recommended!

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4. SAUCY MOROCCAN-SPICED LENTILS

Recipe by: Minimalist Baker

Also from Minimalist Baker, this saucy and smoky recipe combines the very best spices for an antioxidant-rich and flavor-filled dinner. Enjoy over salad or rice.

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5. LENTIL-CHICKPEA VEGGIE BURGER

Recipe by: Cookie + Kate

If you love burgers but would rather they be vegetable-based and healthy, you'll love this recipe from Cookie + Kate. Using lentils, chickpeas, onion, a handful of spices, and eggs, she's created the perfect version of a lentil patty. We're not sure what we love more—the vegetarian patty or the avocado green harissa sauce. 

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What lentil recipes are you whipping up this weekend? Share with us on Facebook or Instagram!