11 Delicious Meals You Can Make With Lentils

Some people think of lentils as bland, but you can actually make tons of delicious dishes with them. They are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals, so if you want a healthy yet comforting meal for dinner tonight, here are eleven lentil recipes for some inspiration.

1. Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

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If you want a dump-and-go meal that you can set and forget, this Slow Cooker Lentil Stew recipe should be on your list. It’s warm, hearty, and flavorful, so you don’t need another dish to go alongside it.

2. Instant Pot Lentil Tortilla Stew

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This delicious lentil stew is hearty and perfect for cool fall or winter evenings. It doesn’t contain meat, so it’s perfect for vegetarians, but you won’t miss the meat with all of the delicious flavors you’ll find.

3. Easy Lentil Loaf

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Lentil loaf is the perfect recipe for a meatless Monday or any other day when you want a protein-packed meal but don’t have any ground meat on hand. This lentil loaf is packed with veggies and flavor, and you can serve it with just about anything as a side dish. 

4. Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

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Lentil sloppy joes with homemade sloppy joe sauce are guaranteed to be a hit with your whole family. They are delicious and packed full of fiber. Pair these with a fresh green salad or some coleslaw, and dinner is done!

5. Garam Masala Red Lentil Stew

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This garam masala red lentil stew recipe is a hearty, tummy-warming bowl of deliciousness!

6. Instant Pot Lentil Curry

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This Instant Pot lentil curry is going to be a family favorite for sure. Lentils, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, coconut milk, curry powder, and other seasonings are an amazing flavor combination. You can have this meal on the table in under 30 minutes, and it freezes beautifully, too, if you have leftovers. 

7. Red Lentil Lemon Rice

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Red lentil lemon rice is a protein and vitamin-packed dish that can be served as a full meal or as a tasty side dish. Lemon juice and lemon zest give this dish a citrusy, fresh flavor that you are going to love. 

8. Carrot and Ginger Red Lentil Soup

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This carrot, ginger, and red lentil soup tastes amazing. It’s the perfect comfort food for a chilly evening. The ginger and turmeric also give your immune system a little extra boost.

9. Lentils and Rice

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If you are looking for a hearty dinner that tastes amazing and will keep your belly full, then this Instant Pot lentils and rice recipe is for you! Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have this amazing meal on the table in just about 30 minutes!

10. Lentil Dal Recipe

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Indian-inspired spices and flavors elevate this simple brown lentil dish to something you might expect to be served in a restaurant. Easy to make, this tasty lentil Dal is a dish that the whole family will enjoy. 

11. Red Lentil Wraps

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Red lentil wraps are similar to tortillas, but they are made with red lentils instead of cornmeal or flour. Use these tasty wraps in place of tortillas and fill them with all of your favorite ingredients for a delicious lunch or snack. 

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Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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