8 Different and Delicious Ways to Use Lentils

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We’re going out on a wild limb here and saying you often don’t think to use lentils in your cooking.

But you should.

And the following recipes help explain why…

  1. Lentils and Rice Recipe
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    • Brown rice in 30 minutes? BOOM. I love brown rice, but I usually hate cooking it, and I have this amazing ability to over or under cook rice no matter what I do. I’ve made this rice a half dozen times now and it comes out perfectly tender and fluffy every time.  I made a …
  2. Coconut Curry Lentil Soup Recipe
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    • I hate Valentine’s Day. There, I said it. Yes, I love chocolate, and yes I love my husband, and yes I like to be taken out and lavished with gifts and delicious things. BUT I HATE that America’s decided there’s one day of consumerism painted red, that is handcrafted to make people without a “sweetheart” …
  3. Semolina Upma Recipe
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    • Upma is a tasty hot breakfast dish originally from South India but is now popular all over. It’s a semolina based porridge-like dish that is salty and lightly spiced. Although originally a breakfast dish, it is also served for brunch, lunch or just snacking. I’ll admit I’ve even made it for dinner when I’ve been …
  4. Slow Cooker Ham Soup Recipe
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    • For months now, I have heard nothing but good things about lentils. The only problem being that each time I went to the store to get them, the store that I was at only had their store brand, which was always cross contaminated with wheat. That meant I had to keep forgoing lentils until I …
  5. Cauliflower Steaks Recipe
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    • Are you anti-cauliflower? Well, believe me when I tell you that roasted cauliflower is a whole other story. Cauliflower steaks are made of roasted slices of a cauliflower head. They’re often served as a side dish, but I’ve made them with a curried lentil sauce to give it a little protein boost and make a …
  6. Lentil Stew Recipe
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    • Although it’s starting to warm up, some parts of the world it’s still pretty chilly. My mother in-law recently made this lentil stew for us and as soon as I took my first bite I was asking for the recipe. It’s so good and packed full of veggies and fiber. We even let my son, …
  7. Spicy Pumpkin Lentils Recipe
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    • Lentils are said to have been found in Ancient Egyptians tombs as early as 2400 BC and since then they have made their way alongside meat onto certain European tables and mingled with garlic and onions on certain Middle Eastern and the South Asian tables. They are sometimes green, sometimes yellow, sometimes red, sometimes black …
  8. Indian Dahl Recipe
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    • So, maybe it’s becoming a bit glaringly obvious, but I love Indian food. I love it because it usually comes together with ingredients I already have in my pantry, and because it’s usually a fantastic vegetarian dinner option.  While other vegetarian dinners can be lacking in the flavor department, you would never accuse Indian food of lacking flavor! The …
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