Who knew a tiny lens-shaped legume could be so versatile? From soups to appetizers, veggie burgers and hearty shepherd's pie, lentils bring a powerful protein punch to your plate. Although there are different types, we'll concern ourselves with the red variety today—they take less time to cook and have a sweeter, nuttier flavor than the others. Let's take a look at some of the best red lentil recipes we've found this week!
Red Lentil Corn Chowder
This mouth-watering and hearty southwestern soup works both as an appetizer or a meal. Pair this red lentil recipe with your favorite tortillas or with some fresh avocado on the side.
Find the recipe here: Red Lentil Corn Chowder
Vegan Tuscan Lentil Soup
This Italian inspiration would be outstanding with homemade garlic bread and a fresh salad. A sprinkle of vegan parmesan makes this red lentil recipe heavenly.
Find the recipe here: Vegan Tuscan Lentil Soup
Roasted Garlic Red Lentil Hummus
Find the recipe here: Roasted Garlic Red Lentil Hummus
Red Lentil Nacho Dip
Need a new kind of dip for your party this year? Look no further! Super easy peasy to make, this one is best served with your favorite tortilla chips.
Find the recipe here: Red Lentil Nacho Dip
Red Lentil and Spinach Pasta
A flavorful, nutritious way to enjoy a rainy or cold evening. This one only take 25 minutes to prepare. If you prefer things a little spicier but still want pasta, give this SPICY RED PASTA WITH LENTILS dish a try instead.
Get the recipe here: Red Lentil Spinach Pasta
One Pot Red Lentil Chili
Another game-day classic for the hearty eaters! Fresh jalapenos give this one some kick, so be forewarned!
Get the recipe here: One Pot Red Lentil Chili
Lentil Eggplant Lasagna
The Minimalist Baker walks you through this one step by step, with beautifully tasty results! Don't forget the side of homemade garlic bread or a fresh salad.
Get the recipe here: Lentil Eggplant Lasagna
Pizza with Chipotle Red Lentil Tomato Sauce
Homemade pizza never tasted better than this unique creation! Fully vegan and takes less than an hour to make from start to finish!
Get the recipe here: Pizza with Chipotle Tomato Red Lentil Sauce
Red Lentil Granola with Coconut and Cranberries
Who says we can't use these in our granola? Vegan Richa shows you how to make yours either sweet or savory with this recipe.
Get the recipe here: Red Lentil Granola with Coconut and Cranberries
Spiralized Zucchini, Cherry and Lentil Salad
You'll want to serve this on pretty plates. It's a colorful, curly salad, perfect for summer (or really any season).
Get the recipe here: Spiralized Zucchini, Cherry and Lentil Salad
Baked Red Lentil Quinoa Fritters
Serve these up alongside fresh veggies and dressing - there's a perfect sauce included with the recipe to go on them, too!
Get the recipe here: Baked Red Lentil Quinoa Fritters
Kung Pao Lentils
Match this up with your favorite prepared rice or quinoa for best results. Only takes 30 minutes from start to your table!
Get the recipe here: Kung Pao Lentils
Red Lentil Flatbread
Plenty of nutrients make this one a great family appetizer. Set these next to your salad, or have them as the main course!
Get the recipe here: Red Lentil Flatbread
Syrian Red Lentil Skillet Bread
Middle Eastern spices and fresh herbs make this one a winner! Serve it up with fresh or steamed veggies.
Get the recipe here: Syrian Red Lentil Skillet Bread