(Totally Not Boring) Vegan Recipes with Lentils

Lentils are an affordable, easy-to-make vegan protein source, and these vegan recipes for lentils will have you loving this humble bean.

Not only are lentils delicious and budget-friendly, but they’re super nutritious, too. Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, clocking in at 18 grams—36 percent of your daily needs—in a single cup.

That same cup of lentils provides 63 percent of your daily fiber, 37 percent of your iron and 90 percent of your folate along with a ton of other vitamins and minerals. They’re also a good source of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids.

But enough about how cheap and healthy lentils are. Let’s eat! If you think that lentils are boring, I think these amazing lentil recipes will change your mind.

Lentils are an affordable, easy-to-make vegan protein source, and these vegan recipes for lentils will have you loving this humble bean.

Vegan Recipes for Lentils

1. Turkish Lentil Soup

In this sweet-and-savory soup, lentils team up with deep seasonings like cinnamon, cumin and ginger. The soup’s sweetness comes from dried apricots and balsamic vinegar. It’s a really unique flavor combination that will have you dishing up seconds.

2. Amazing Lentil Energy Balls

Protein-packed lentils are the base for these sweet, healthy energy bites. A sweet snack made with lentils might seem odd, but this recipe will show you that it totally works!

3. Instant Pot Lentil Chili

Lentils are great in traditionally meaty dishes like chili. They bring the protein and a great texture to this super easy Instant Pot chili recipe.

4. Quinoa-Lentil Loaf with Sticky Ketchup Glaze

A lentil loaf is an iconic 90s vegetarian dish. In this version, the earthy flavors in the loaf get offset by a sweet, sticky ketchup glaze. Serve this up with your favorite veggies on the side for an easy meal.

5. Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes

You can make these “meaty” lentil sloppy Joes on the stove, in a crock pot OR in a pressure cooker, so choose your own lentil adventure!

6. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This simple, flavorful soup will be a weeknight staple in no time. It’s packed with flavor, and most of the cooking time is passive, making it incredibly easy to make.

This is an epic list of vegan lentil recipes, but there's really no end to their versatility. What's your favorite plant-based way to eat lentils?

7. Walnut Lentil Burgers

Pile these baked burgers onto your favorite vegan bun and smother them in homemade cashew cheese for a healthy meal that tastes super decadent.

8. Stuffed Squash with Curried Lentils

This is one of those dishes that’s fancy enough for the holiday table but easy enough to make any day of the year.

9. Lentil and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The lentil-black bean mix in this recipe is so lovely paired with creamy guac and tangy pico de gallo. Serve it up bowl style or stuff it into a tortilla, if you prefer a more conventional burrito.

10. Gentle Lentils with Basil is the Bomb Sauce

Lentils and peas topped with creamy basil sauce is such a fun mix of flavors and textures! You make the Basil is the Bomb Sauce in the blender while your lentils cook, so this recipe isn’t nearly as time consuming as you might think.

11. Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Lentils replace the meat in this hearty vegan bolognese sauce. Serve it over spaghetti squash, as written, or dish it up over your favorite pasta.

12. Lentil Cottage Pie

If you love shepherd’s pie, you’ll love this lentil-packed version starring a tomatoey lentil-mushroom mixture topped with creamy vegan mashed potatoes.

Not only are lentils delicious and budget-friendly, but they're super nutritious, too.

13. Grilled BBQ Lentil Pizza

Lentils on pizza? YES! When they’re cooked on top of a grilled pizza crust with plenty of sweet-and-tangy BBQ sauce.

14. Easy Aubergine and Lentil Dhal

Rich, creamy dhal is a classic lentil-based dish, and this recipe brings eggplant’s amazing texture into the mix.

15. Spicy Root & Lentil Soup

Lentil soups are usually a chunky texture, but you run this flavor- and veggie-packed soup through your blender before serving for a velvety, satisfying bowl.

16. Lentil Meatballs

Vegans love using lentils as a meat replacement, and they really shine in these tasty baked “meatballs”. Dish them up with plenty of the rich cashew gravy as an appetizer or an entree.

17. Keema Lentils

Traditional Keema is made with ground meat, which this recipe replaces with—you guessed it—lentils! Is there anything the humble little lentil can’t do?

18. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lentils and Grapes

Curried, roasted cauliflower is perfection paired with sweet grapes and earthy lentils. Top it all off with decadently healthy almond butter dressing, and supper is served.

This is an epic list of vegan lentil recipes, but there’s really no end to their versatility. What’s your favorite plant-based way to eat lentils? Share your tips in the comments!

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