Curried Lentils and Spinach

Now, that we are working from home more often, I am always looking for quick and easy lunch ideas.  I don’t want to rely on making sandwiches, salads or just soup;  a little variety would be nice.  Lentils are a great go-to legume when your body wants something healthy, warm and filling.  As well they make a great addition to a vegetarian meal.

I recently wrote about making your pantry healthy during 2012, one item that can always be found in ours is lentils.  Lentils are perfect in recipes from salads to egg dishes and are a good source of protein.  If you aren’t familiar with lentils, you should be.  Lentils are legumes that tend to have a nutty flavor.  They grow in pods that have two to three seeds in them.  The seeds are sold whole or split and hulled, and they do not need to pre-soak before cooking, like a lot of legumes do need to do.  Lentils come in an assortment of colors, from black to red.  Green and brown lentils are the most common in the US, they hold their shape when cooked, and go really well in soups.  Then there are French green lentils, which are small, and hold their shape when cooked.  They have a slight peppery taste and are great in salads.  Orange and red lentils break down when cooked and are a bit softer.  They are often used in Middle Eastern dishes.  For this recipe, I used orange lentils, which, I think are great in curry based dishes.

This recipe is really simple to make, and you can have lunch (or dinner) on the table in 35 minutes.  I cook the lentils, until they are slightly soft, as I like them to hold their shape a bit.  If you like yours a bit softer, cook for an additional 10 minutes.  The seasoning I use is a madras curry powder, which is a bit spicy.  If you don’t like a lot of heat, use a more mild curry powder.  Right before serving I stir in a generous amount of spinach, which not only adds gorgeous color but also added fiber, making this a really healthy go-to meal.  If you would like to add some protein, a poached egg is a wonderful addition.

Have you tried lentils?  If so, which one is your favorite?  Do you have a favorite lentil recipe? 

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  1. I LOVE lentils, they’re such a cheap, healthy and delicious way to get full! I like them with pasta…. Either in a bolognese or a carbonara :)

  2. This is one of our go-to lunches! So easy & delicious AND healthy! :)

  3. Agreed! Lentils are easy to incorporate, and bring a little flavor to a meal. I admit that I haven’t ventured too much from including them in soups. Will definitely try this.

  4. I just recently discovered your blog. Where have you been my whole life?! I love that you’re local (I live in the east bay) and that you thrive on a budget in a small space without compromising wholesome ingredients.

    About this recipe: While I was in Peru, my “host mother” told me that they try to eat lentils every Monday because it gives you good luck… especially luck with money! Whether or not it’s true, I think it’s another great reason to incorporate lentils into Meatless Monday :)


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