Healthy Lentil Recipes

Find healthy, delicious lentil recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 5 stars 5
Lentils take the place of ground meat and vegan butter adds creaminess to the mashed potatoes in this easy vegan shepherd's pie recipe. If you want to cut down on the cooking time, use precooked lentils and omit most of the vegetable broth, adding some in only if the mixture seems dry.
By Sarah Epperson

One-Pot Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 6
This lentil-vegetable soup is packed with kale and tomatoes for a filling, flavorful main dish. If you have it, the Parmesan cheese rind adds nuttiness and gives the broth some body. If you avoid cheese made with rennet, look for vegetarian Parmesan cheese, which is made without it.
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By Paige Grandjean

Vegan Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 6
This vegan lentil soup recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of lentils that deliver a healthy dose of fiber in each bite. This vegan soup is the perfect cold-weather lunch or healthy dinner the whole family will love.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy

Winter Vegetable Mulligatawny Soup

Rating: 5 stars 5
Our meatless version of the Indian-inspired British colonial soup includes parsnip and squash to keep it hearty and satisfying.
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By Adam Dolge

Slow-Cooker Spiced Lentil Soup with Vegetables

Rating: 4 stars 30
Spices often used in Moroccan cuisine like turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper give this soup complexity and deep flavor. Make it a day ahead, if you can, to give the spices time to mingle and develop. This easy slow cooker recipe makes it a cinch to get the soup cooking while you do other things.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Chocolate-Banana Protein Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars 6
Red lentils give this smoothie a plant-based protein boost. To make this smoothie vegan, try using unsweetened coconut beverage or almond milk in place of the dairy milk.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Vegan Weight-Loss Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
This vegan weight-loss lentil soup recipe has the familiar flavors of turmeric, ginger and cumin that pair so well with lentils. Lentils, green beans and spinach give this vegan soup a healthy dose of fiber that helps you feel fuller, longer. Serve this soup with a little extra lemon and cilantro.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy

Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This earthy bowl of lentils is topped with leftover roasted root veggies from a large batch for an easy weeknight dinner. Keep it vegan or add a drizzle of plain yogurt for extra richness.
By Sylvia Fountaine

Sausage & Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
This hearty sausage and lentil soup is flavorful and filling. Precooked lentils, steamed lentils or canned lentils all work well in this earthy fall soup.
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By Liv Dansky

Slow-Cooker Lentil, Carrot & Potato Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Puréeing some of the lentil-vegetable mixture, and then combining it with the remaining vegetables and lentils gives the soup a texture that satisfies those who love a creamy soup and those who prefer it chunky. Serve this slow-cooker lentil soup with crackers.
By Cooking Light

Lentil Stew with Salsa Verde

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This healthy vegetarian recipe is hearty and satisfying. Don't skip the parsley relish (salsa verde)—it's easy to make and lends a tangy accent that balances the flavors of the lentil stew. We prefer French green lentils for this stew, as they don't fall apart while cooking; however, regular brown lentils (found in most supermarkets) will also work.
By EatingWell Member

Slow-Cooker Creamy Lentil Soup Freezer Pack

Rating: 5 stars 4
Prep the ingredients for this soup months in advance for a total hands-off meal that's ready when you are. Vegetarian lentils and vegan coconut milk make this soup creamy and pack in plenty of plant-based protein and a hearty amount of fiber. To keep it vegan, opt for vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
By Lauren Grant
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Inspiration and Ideas

10 Easy Lentil Recipes for Dinner Tonight
These easy lentil recipes are a great option for dinner tonight. These legumes are full of protein and are a great source of fiber when you want a break from beans. Lentils are affordable and pantry-friendly, so it's always great to have some on hand. Recipes like Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils and Quick Lentil Salmon Salad are healthy, delicious and full of veggies.
7 Healthy Shepherd's Pie Recipes to Warm You Up
Cold days call for comfort food and while the layers of meat and potatoes in shepherd's pie might seem a bit heavy, there are plenty of delicious ways to lighten it up. From vegetarian shepherd's pie with lentils to shepherd's pie with creamy chicken and mushrooms, these are a few of our favorite shepherd's pie recipes with a healthy twist.
Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice
Rating: 1 stars 3

Combine precooked lentils (often located in the produce section of your grocery store) with an Indian-style simmer sauce for a super-fast and flavorful curry. Serving it over riced cauliflower bumps up the vegetable count and keeps carb servings in check. This 3-ingredient dinner (not counting salt, pepper and oil) is really as easy as it gets. To be mindful of the salt, look for simmer sauces with less than or close to 350 mg sodium per ¼-cup serving.