We rounded up some of the most flavorful lentil recipes that are perfect for people struggling with junk food and meat cravings
Lentils are superfoods. Not only are they completely inexpensive, but they are also great sources of fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and much more. Lentils are also among the low-glycemic index foods that leave lasting and positive effects on our brain chemistry, mood, and energy levels. This is because they are rich in the folate and B vitamins needed for serotonin and dopamine production.
Lentils are commonly seen in vegan recipes for falafels, salads, and soups due to their nutritional benefits. With that said, give your brain a boost and your taste buds something to look forward to everyday by diversifying your meals using these recipes below.
Red lentil curry
Created by Rainbow Plant Life, this red lentil curry recipe is easy to make and delicious enough to win over even the most stubborn vegan skeptic. For this, you’ll need to prep your pantry with ingredients like serrano peppers, ginger, red lentils, coriander, curry powder, and coconut oil.
Lentil dal with tofu chicken
When it comes to recipes by Gaz Oakley, you know you can trust the end result. In this video, Gaz prepares vegan meals packed with protein, like chickpea tuna, barbecue meatloaf, and lentil dal with tofu chicken. The lentil dal and chicken are served with rice and garnished with a slice of lime, black onion seeds, and mango chutney.
Jerk jackfruit and lentil stew
Influenced by her Jamaican culture, Jen’s plant-based lentil stew recipe uses lots of spice, scotch bonnet, jackfruit, and miso paste. Another strong contender among her lentil recipes is the Jamaican curry lentils dish. She’s also known for her vegan alternatives to meals like chili con carne and fried chicken drumsticks.
Jerk spiced lentils
Similarly, Rachel Ama’s one-pot jerk spiced lentils recipe is inspired by Caribbean cuisine. In her recipe, she calls for much of the same jerk seasonings, onions, and scotch bonnet, but with the addition of ingredients such as tomatoes and tomato purée. This dish is one of the best recipes on her channel, first appearing in a video on high-protein Caribbean dishes four years ago.
One-pot lentil and rice
This one-pot recipe is inspired by the Lebanese Mujadara and a combination of a few other Mediterranean recipes. This recipe calls for Basmati rice, ginger, tomatoes, passata or tomato puree, cumin, coriander, onions, cayenne pepper, salt, and water.