8 Ways for Lentils on Meatless Monday

Jun 2014

It must say something about my weekend activities that come each Monday, I am always on the hunt for a healthy meal. Today is no exception as I post a roundup of 8 Ways for Lentils on Meatless Monday.

new ideas for lentils

For those of you unfamiliar with this legume, here a few fun facts.  Lentils grow in pods like beans and peas.  Vegetarians find them a healthy substitute for meat because they are high in protein and fiber and low in fat.  They are also packed with folate, iron, phosphorus and fiber.  You’ll find them in three varieties, brown, green and red, and these days are carried at most grocery stores.


Lentil Mango Picadillo via Eats Well with Others is a riff on a traditional Latin American dish.  Most would find it similar to hash and the flavors will have your taste buds singing in no time.

meatless monday lentil stew

I have to include my creamy lentil stew with corn muffins.  Even though summer threatens to be around the corner.  This one is a no brainer for those final chilly nights.

lentil dumplings with tzadiki sauce

Dumplings in any way shape or form are winners in my house and these lentil dumplings from Ocado would be delicious with my yogurt tzatziki sauce. Served with a side salad and you’ve got a nice, light supper.  They’d also be fun cocktail bites.

Warm weather calls for salads and this interesting combo of lentils, feta walnuts and grapes will be wonderful for summer picnics. (via Rachel Cooks)


Get ready all you gluten free readers.  Here is a recipe from Natural Noshing  for lentil flatbread, and yes, it’s great on its own, and even better with something yummy on top.

lentil cruchy vegetable rolls

You’ll be on a healthy roll with these crunchy lentil vegetable nori rolls.  I can’t wait to try these from Food Fitness Fresh Air.

vegetable lentil quiche

This recipe for Lentil Vegetable Quiche is one to tuck away. I think it will be a forgiving one that can handle leftover substitutions. Healthy Home Cooking is giving us a quiche recipe to let our cooking creativity shine.


Chocolate Lentil Brownies. You heard it here! I have a feeling this recipe will be met with as much enthusiasm as my avocado chocolate pudding.  So, it leaves me no choice but to be a tad sneaky and let the brownies speak for themselves without announcing the ingredients beforehand. If they are half as good as they look, the Yummy Mummy Club will have another fan on her hands.

Did I entice you to try lentils in a different way?

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  1. Thanks for including me. Love the “Post Card” theme of your comment submittal!

  2. Anna parker says:

    Thank you for this – we so rarely use lentils but enjoy them when we do, easy to forget how much they can be used in!! Salad – great idea, I can see that featuring in a picnic this weekend!!

  3. Chocolate lentil brownies and avocado chocolate pudding! Did I read that correctly? I might just have to try these out to test the theory that you are either a genius or insane!
    To be honest some of the earlier suggestions sound more my style but you have left me very curious about combining lentils and chocolate!

  4. I’ll confess to being a meat eater, but these do look very appetising, Alison!

    I’m curious about your photos (which look great). You seem to have captured a wonderful depth of field in the images which I rarely seem to achieve with my own pictures. May I ask what camera/lens combination you are using?

  5. noel says:

    Wow, what a varied combination of use outside of soup or salad, I love dumpling and roll options. Need to finally get that bag of Lentils out since I’ve seen your wonderful post Alison.

  6. Big fan of lentils! We recently bought an Indian style lentils package from Costco here in the States and it is great as a side dish but it does have a meat sauce mixed in with it.

    It’s great to get some inspiration on what can be done with what normally many would associate as a pretty bland product.