Saturday, September 28, 2013

6 Amazing Vegan Lentil Recipes!

I LOVE lentils.  They are so incredibly versatile!  Not only do they make amazing soups, but they are also an integral part in my Breakfast Breads.  Using legumes in baking provides moisture, bulk, protein, fiber.  You can feel good about eating every single recipe I will be linking to.

The first recipe is for my Ginger Breakfast Bread. This makes a great breakfast or snack, or even dessert.  It is a whole meal food and I started using legumes in my baking back when I was on my Vegan for $3.33 a Day budget and I wanted to get some healthy foods into my then teenage sons for breakfast! I was out of protein powder and oil, which were two ingredients in my then breakfast breads... so I improvised with what I had on hand and never went back to my previous recipes!

Next, is a super simple, but flavorful Indian Spiced Lentil Dish. 

This French Lentil Soup is a lovely alternative to the more traditional, Italian - tomato based lentil soups! It has been a huge hit in all of the restaurants I've worked in from a Wine Bar that catered to the Kennebunk, Maine crowd to the Back Bay Boston peeps and customers of the delis in health food stores. 

My African Letil Dip is sooo savory and addictive!  Served with Pita Chips, Veggies or even Corn Chips, it always sold out as fast as I could make it. 

Lentils are such a huge bang for your buck!  I can still them dried for around $.99/lb on sale!  They cook up in no time and as you can see here, are so versatile! I like to cook up a pound of beans at a time to have on hand for quick use in recipes. 

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