Super simple and delicious, lentils are a powerhouse of protein, iron, and other nutrients, and sustain many people all around the world! These soft, flavorful, savory lentils are like a comfort food that sticks to your ribs and satisfies! For this recipe I used an Instant Pot, but this would be easy on the stovetop too.
1.5 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
1 onion chopped
4 cloves garlic crushed
4 zucchini chopped in largepieces
3 stalks kale washed and chopped
Celery 2 lg stalks chopped
Optional additional veggies like peas or potatoes
1 jalapeño minced
Water to cover lentils
Turmeric 1 tsp
Cumin 1/2 tsp
Coriander 1/4 tsp
Clove 1/2 tsp
Curry powder 1 tsp
Black pepper 1/4 tsp
Almond milk 2/3 cup
Parsely to garnish
Sauté garlic and onion in a large pot until soft ana fragrant. You can use oil of choice or simply some water to sauté them in. Then all all your spices and jalapeño. You could add a dash of salt too if desired. Sauté for another additional 2-5 minutes.
Next add all your veggies, except zuccini. Since those get soft so quickly, we will add them later. Let them cool down over medium heat until kale is wilting slightly.
Then add your lentils, almond milk, and water to cover the lentils. Now we can either use the instant pot bean setting for 15minutes, or simmer on stovetop for the same amount of time, or until lentils are soft, adding in the zucchini for the last 5 minutes of simmering until just tender.
Then you have a giant pot of goodness that can last you for some meals. Serve over rice, serve in a bowl with whom rain bread for dipping, or serve in romaine leaf “boats” for a lighter but very nutritious meal or snack.