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One Bag of Lentils: Three Meals

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Lentil Vegetable Soup

One Bag of Lentils, 3 Meals

Without fail, every time I post a lentil recipe somewhere on social media, I’ll get a “yuck” or a “gross.” Holy wow, are there are a lot of lentil haters out there! I understand it. Poorly cooked lentils are mushy and bland—if that’s the way lentils had to be, I’d hate ’em, too! But trust me, when done right, lentils totally and completely rock.

They are über affordable, packed full of protein and fiber, cook super quickly (they require no soaking like dried beans), and since they are nearly flavorless, they work beautifully as a meat-substitute in your favorite flavor-packed dishes—like Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes and Lentil-Walnut Veggie Burgers.

Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes

Today, I’m partnering up with my friends from USA Pulses and Pulse Canada to open up your eyes to the glory of lentils. Don’t think you know what Pulses are? You totally do! Pulses are the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods known as dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, and beans.

They are so tasty, so versatile, incredibly healthy, and so affordable to cook with. The average cost of beef per serving is $1.49, whereas you can serve dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, or beans for about 10 cents per serving. TEN CENTS! If you’re looking for affordable ways to eat healthier, pulses need to be on your grocery list. Starting tomororw, make sure to sign up for the Half-Cup Habit, and see how easy it can be to add a ½ cup serving of pulses to your diet 3x per week.

Pulses

Canned pulses are a great deal, too, but to stretch your budget even further, drive your cart down the grocery store aisle a little more and pick up some bags of dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, or split peas. A pound of dried pulses runs between $1-$2, and trust me, you can streeeettttcchhh each of those bags into multiple meals. Today, I’m going to show you how to stretch a one pound bag of green lentils into three delicious, healthy, meatless meals! Let’s do this.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Let me introduce you to one of my absolute favorite meal prep dishes—Mediterranean Lentil Salad! This salad just gets better and better as it sits in the fridge. You can pre-portion it into lunch-size servings for easy grab-and-go. The feta in this salad is optional, so if you’re dairy-free or plant-based, this one is for you, too!

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Mediterranean Lentil Salad gets better as it sits in the fridge and the flavors meld, making it perfect for meal prepping. Leave out the feta if you don't do dairy, and it will still be just as delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup dried green lentils
  • 1 small cucumber, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup halved, pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 small red onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Instructions

  1. In a medium size saucepan, combine the broth and lentils over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Once lentils are cool, combine with cucumber, tomatoes, olives, onion, dill, parsley, and feta (if using) in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Close and shake until well-combined.
  4. Pour dressing over the lentil mixture, and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld.

Notes

  • The feta adds a rich, savory taste to the salad, but if you’re dairy-free, you can leave it out and still have a delicious salad.

And here are the other two!

Vegetarian Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos

Easy Lentil Vegetable Soup

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Each of these recipes uses about 2/3 cups of dried green lentils, meaning you can buy a single pound of dried green lentils (for a whopping $1.50) and make all three of these dishes. Now that’s how you stretch your grocery budget!


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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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12 Responses
  1. Trish

    After taking the pulse pledge I discovered I love lentils and I’m so glad this happened. Now I add these little gems to my meatloaf, meatballs, tacos and burgers and the kids gobble them down. They also now want lentil soup when they’re sick. Win, win! Good tasting food, stretching the food budget and extra protein for the kids; what could be better

    1. Julie @ Wholefully

      Hmm, I don’t think I would. Red lentils are way more tender and don’t hold their shape as well as green or black lentils.

  2. elaine

    How can anyone not like lentils???? They are one of my favourite foods – and soooo versatile! Absolutely delicious

  3. Andrea N Brown

    Hi, I am looking for the Chickpea Apple Spinach salad from the chickpeas video on pulses.org. Is that recipe published?

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