Lentils are an amazing way to get protein without having to cook up meat for your meal. There seems to be this assumption that if you are using lentils as the base for your meal, it will taste gross or boring. The opposite is actually true. Using lentils in your cooking is a great way to increase your knowledge and skill in adding spices to your meal. What usually results is a super flavorful, satisfying meal that is sure to be a favorite in your home. Lentils can be used in really obvious ways, but they can also be snuck into other foods very stealthily. No matter how sneaky or obvious you make these lentils, your family is sure to love what you’re about to serve up tonight.

1. Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos

Turn a family favorite into a more nutritious meal with lentils, fresh produce and a little grated cheese. Don’t forget that home made guacamole!

https://melaniemakes.com/blog/2014/01/slow-cooker-lentil-brown-rice-tacos.html Photos and Recipe By: Melanie Makes

2. Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes

Make your Sloppy Joes a little more wholesome by subbing in lentils in the place of ground meat. Do we even know what exactly ground meat is made out of? Maybe we do, but I’d rather not talk about it. Top off this sammie with some home made coleslaw.

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/slow-cooker-lentil-sloppy-joes/ Photos and Recipe By: Simply Quinoa

3. Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

When the rain comes down, the slow cooker comes out! This stew is perfect for a chilly, rainy day and can be paired well with some home made bread.

http://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/lentil-and-sweet-potato-stew/ Photos and Recipe By: Eat Yourself Skinny

4. Vegan Lentil Loaf

Meat loaf is one of those meals that reminds you of your childhood. Once again, skip the meat and add in tons of wholesome lentils and veggies into the mix for a guilt free meal.

http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2017/09/vegan-lentil-loaf.html?fref=gc&dti=719002671517630&m=1 Photos and Recipe By: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

5. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has always been a favorite around our home, and it’s so easy to make! With replacing the meat with lentils and the potatoes with sweet potatoes, the nutritional value skyrockets!

http://www.oneingredientchef.com/sweet-potato-shepherds-pie/ Photos and Recipe By: One Ingredient Chef

6. Italian Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is a great way to get used to the idea of cooking with lentils. This recipe incorporates lentils in a way that makes sense for even a first time lentil eater. This soup will definitely become a rainy day favorite around your home.

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/italian-lentil-soup-recipe/ Photos and Recipe By: Gimme Some Oven

7. Easy Vegan Red Lentil Dal

Indian can sometimes be tricky to make with vegetarians around but this recipe makes it extremely simple and ever so flavorful!

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/vegan-red-lentil-dal/ Photos and Recipe By: Simply Quinoa

8. Easy Lentil Meatballs

When you’re leaning towards a more meat free way of life but still have that spaghetti and meatballs craving, this meal will help you out! The best part is, it’s colorful, healthy and the farthest thing from boring.

https://www.wellplated.com/lentil-meatballs/ Photos and Recipe By: Well Plated

9. Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito

When you’re making supper in a hurry, this meal will meet your needs! With the help of an instant pot, your food will be ready in a matter of minutes and will satisfy those hunger pangs!

https://detoxinista.com/instant-pot-vegan-quinoa-burrito-bowls/ Photos and Recipe By: Detoxinista

10. Lentil Walnut Burgers

Sometimes all you need is a good burger and fries! What can you swap out and then swap in to make this meal a little healthier? Obviously lentils! Your friends and family won’t believe you when you say these burgers are made from lovely little lentils.

http://www.veganricha.com/2016/03/lentil-walnut-rice-burgers.html Photos and Recipe By: Vegan Richa

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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