48 Healthy Lentil Recipes

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If you love lentils, you are going to love this assortment of amazing healthy lentil recipes. From breakfast to snacks to dinners and even dessert (yes I said “dessert”), see how versatile and delicious the humble lentil can be.

collage of healthy lentil recipes including lentil curry, lentil hot dogs, lentil burger, lentil crackers, and more

Lentils are super healthy and super versatile food.

Betcha didn’t know just how healthy they are, though — or the many ways you can use them! I’m here today to broaden your horizons — to lentilfy you — with some fantabulous Lentil Recipes.

Our family loves beans.

We were actually practically vegan for a good number of years, mostly because we were on a super tight budget and handling raw meat pretty much grossed me out.

I think we’ve eaten just about every bean variety known to man.

Well, maybe not every one.

But close.

Lentils are one of our favorite beans. I love the meaty taste (they make a GREAT substitute for meats if you are looking at cutting your food budget), but they also are full of good nutrition.

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Health Benefits of Lentils

– full of protein
– filled with fiber
– don’t need to be soaked (but I do recommend de-gassing them.  Read How to De-Gas Beans to make sure you don’t offend others when eating these fabulous beans.)

There’s just a lot to love about lentils.

So with that, following is a list of some AMAZING lentil recipes.

Really–Lentils for Breakfast or Dessert?

Now you can have lentils anytime!

collage of healthy lentil recipes including lentil curry, lentil hot dogs, lentil burger, lentil crackers, and more

Lentil Breakfast Recipes

Lentil Sausage Patties

vegan breakfast sausage in sandwiches

Lentil Breakfast Pancakes

Apple and Spice Breakfast Lentils

Red Lentil Porridge

Banana Lentil Muffins

(I would make these with gluten-free flour and my Powdered Egg Replacer.)

Vegetable Lentil Loaf

(for breakfast, lunch, or dinner)

Lentil Entrees

Indian Curry Lentils

Indian Lentils in pan with wooden serving spoon

Sprouted Lentil Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

Red Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Red Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Easy Crockpot Lentil Chili

Swiss Chard Lentil Salad with Vidalia Onions

Simple Lentils and Rice from Kenya

Sausage, Lentil, and Rice Skillet Meal

Freezer Friendly: Curried Lentils

Lentil Carrot Hot Dog Recipe

Lentil Carrot Hot Dogs

Lentil and Grass-Fed Ground Beef Soup

Savory Potato Aebleskivers with Creamy Lemon Dipping Sauce

Savory Potato Ableskivers

How to Sprout Lentils

Spicy Lentil Summer Rolls

Moroccan Lentils

Cozy Lentils

Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Chili Cheese Lentils

Sweet and Sour Lentils

Cheesey-Mexi Lentil Macaroni

Quinoa and Lentil Vada / Fritters in Appe Pan

Marinated Lentil Salad

Red Curry Lentils

Thai Basil Coconut Lentils

Sloppy Lentils

Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger with Chipotle Habanero Mayo (V)

Garlic Lentil Dip

Lentil Snacks

Buckwheat Lentil Crackers

lentil crackers in a stack on white wooden table

5-Ingredient Lentil Hummus

Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Lentil “Munchies”

Moong Dal Chilla / Mung Lentil Crepes (V & GF)

Crispy Lentil Energy Bites – vegan & gluten free

Crispy Lentil Energy Bites

Moroccan Lentils with Turkey Meatballs

Moroccan Lentils and Turkey Meatballs

Beach Bum Lentil Trail Mix

Lentil Breads and Such

Lentil Bread

Sprouted Lentil Bread

Lentil Flatbread

Lentil Wheat Sandwich Bread and Bean Stew Sandwiches (V)

Lentil Desserts

Would you have thought that lentils could be used to make desserts?
It’s true!

Red Lentil Cookies

Double Chocolate Lentil Muffins

basket tray of double chocolate muffins

Chocolate Lentil Brownies

(these would be great with a low carb sweetener)

one whole pan of lentil brownies cut into squares

Lentil Blondies

What’s your favorite way to eat lentils?

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  1. This looks fantastic! There was a restaurant in the last city we lived in that served the most delicious lentil soup I’ve ever had. It tasted like a beef stew without beef, and it had no curry or tomatoes in it. I have searched and searched for a similar recipe without luck. All the lentil stews/soups I can find always have either curry or tomatoes in them. Have any of you ever come across a recipe like this? Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for linking up to my site Adrienne! I always love your round ups (and pin from them often!), so it’s an honor to be included.

  3. What a great round up of lentil recipes. Thanks for including my Curried Rice Lentil Loaf.

  4. What a great collection of recipes! I love lentils, but I haven’t used them in any desserts before (chocolate lentil brownies sound good!). Btw, I’m hosting a link party on my blog and I’d love for you to come over and share a few recipes. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  5. I LOVE lentils, but I always struggle with new ways to cook ’em, so I am all over this roundup! Thank you for including my lentil salad with rice, apples and sausage!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing my sprouted lentil bread recipe on this AWESOME resource for unusual lentil recipes! That lentil bread is one of my blog’s first recipes, but it’s still one of the most popular 🙂

  7. Mmm! What a great roundup of recipes, Adrienne! I never even realized that lentils were gluten-free! Looks like we have some new dishes to try.

  8. Definitely never had them for breakfast and dessert, but will have to! Great recipes!

  9. You do not know how timely this post is for me! I was searching for good lentil recipes last night and only pinned one or two recipes that I liked. Now, here you have them all right in front of me! Thanks!