“But where do you get your protein?” is probably something you’ve heard when you say the word ‘plant-based’. Although you can answer “well plants have protein,” why not show off with these high-protein lentil meals? Lentils are a legume commonly used in dishes to bulk up the flavor or protein level. Their texture and flavor make it a wonderful addition to any meal. So, if you want to add more protein to your diet or simply love lentils, these high-protein lentil recipes from our Food Monster App are for you.
1. High-Protein Red Lentil Patties
Packed with protein, these red lentil patties are the perfect light lunch or dinner. Spiced with cumin, turmeric, and aromatics like onion and garlic, they are warm, flavorful, and herby. These High-Protein Red Lentil Patties With Tomato Sauce from Deniz Kilic are served with delicious tomato sauce, which is savory, slightly fruity, and spicy at the same time.
2. Red Lentil Coconut Curry
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This Red Lentil Coconut Curry is full of protein and iron and cooks in a short 20 minutes! Plus, the ingredient list isn’t too long, so this is an ideal meal to make after a day of work or school when you still want something delicious and nutritious but don’t want to be in the kitchen for over an hour. This recipe from Melanie Sorrentino makes a big batch and eat the leftovers all week long, because the flavors develop even further in the refrigerator.
3. High-Protein BBQ Lentil Savory Muffins
These High-Protein BBQ Lentil Savory Muffins are easy to make, gluten-free, nut-free, low in fat, and full of protein, veggies and a rich barbeque flavor. These muffins from Judy Moosmueller make a great meat-free alternative put also pairs well with other barbequed meals!
4. Hearty High-Protein Lentil, Kidney Bean, and Chickpea Chili
Loaded with lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas, Hearty High-Protein Lentil, Kidney Bean, and Chickpea Chili from Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman is low in fat while being very high in pure plant-based protein! This will help to keep you fuller longer and less inclined to grab at that bag of potato chips later on in the evening.
5. Lentil Falafel
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This dish is the real deal. Amarilis Moldes‘s Lentil Falafel are completely plant-based, gluten-free, and are high in protein. Get started and bite down in these nutritious and delicious lentil falafels.
6. Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger
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We can assure you that this Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger from Renee Press is indeed foolproof. If you’re tired of mushy veggie burgers that fall apart, dry ones that taste like cardboard, or expensive store-bought ones with too many ingredients, then give this one a shot. You do need a food processor for this, but not much else. So satisfying and nutritious, these protein-packed burgers are made with cooked lentils, brown rice, sweet potato, and onion; so it’s basically an entire meal in veggie burger form!
7. Sweet and Spicy Spinach and Lentil Curry
Wholesome and delicious food does not have to be time-consuming or difficult! This curry from Maria Koutsogiannisis a perfect example of how easy it can be to eat well, even when you’re on a tight schedule. This Sweet and Spicy Spinach and Lentil Curry is also a healthy dish that is filled with beautiful and exotic spices balanced out by creamy coconut milk. This hearty curry is guaranteed to keep you warm, cozy, and satisfied.
8. Lentil and Beet Meatballs with Pasta
Beets are truly one of the most under-appreciated vegetables. They are nutrient-rich, provide a mesmerizing color to whichever dish you add them to, and are extremely versatile. For these Lentil and Beet Meatballs With Pasta from Jyothi Rajesh, the crimson vegetable, along with red lentils, onions, spices, and bread crumbs, are formed into veggie meatballs. Place them atop a bed of hot spaghetti and just like that, you have a simple yet hearty dinner.
9. Lentil Loaf and Celery Root Mash
If you’re looking to quench your cravings for meatloaf or simply need an effortless, nutrient-dense recipe that doesn’t disappoint, you need to try out Lentil Loaf With Celery Root Mash. Lentils can have the same hearty texture as meat and are perfect for recreating classic umami flavors. For a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, this recipe from Gabrielle St. Claire uses celery root! When mashed, it is starchy and fluffy- just like the cozy mashed potatoes you grew up with.
10. Easy Spicy Falafel Patties
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Could these burgers be any easier to make? These Easy Spicy Falafel Patties from Robin Runner get their heat from fresh Thai chilis and the spiciness is balanced with cool cilantro. As they bake, they get crispy like a falafel, giving you that perfect crunch when sandwiched between a soft burger bun with all the trimmings.
11. Curried Red Lentil Dal with Sunchoke
Nele Liivlaid‘s Curried Red Lentil Dal With Sunchoke is excellent and especially when it’s on a pile of Romaine lettuce, spinach, red cabbage, celery, parsnip, carrot, turnip, and bell pepper. The complex mixture of spices of the dhal is accented by the texture of sunchoke and squash and then finished with the crisp, freshness of raw vegetables.
12. French Lentil and Mushroom Burger
These French Lentil and Mushroom Burger from Alicja Rokicka are nothing to sniff at. Made from lentils and tofu, they’re packed with protein and plenty of spicy, savory flavor (plus, you can choose to fry or bake them, if you want to keep it oil-free!). Then, they’re served with a schmear of vegan mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, and two unique toppings: sliced celeriac that’s been pan-fried in soy sauce and meaty sautéed mushrooms. Yum!
13. White Bean and Lentil Burger
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These amazing White Bean and Lentil Burger are packed with plant protein! This recipe from Robin Runner makes a great dinner that’s packed full of flavor. The lentils and beans add a generous amount of protein and this simple, yet hearty meal will have you feeling full and satisfied.
14. Black Rice and Lentil Burger
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This rustic Black Rice Lentil Burger from Priya Lakshminarayan is full of flavor. It’s made with black rice and lentils and topped with a delicious paste made from almonds, green chilis, garlic, and ginger. These patties are hearty, unique, and sandwiched between two fluffy pieces of ciabatta bread. What could be better?
15. Hearty Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Instant Pot Soup
This hearty, flavourful Hearty Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Instant Pot Soup comes together in an Instant Pot. Tara Binder suggests to let this soup sit for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend. Refrigerate until later or reheat to serve. Serve with a crusty roll and a side salad. It is well worth the wait.
Try one of these recipes or all of them, and don’t be afraid to bring the leftovers for lunch the next day. For more awesome lentil recipes, check out these 21 Protein-Packed Vegan Recipes for Lentil Lovers!
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