Best Vegan Red Lentil Recipe (Quick Lunch Idea You’ll Love)

Best Vegan Red Lentil Recipe (Quick Lunch Idea You’ll Love)
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This Vegan Red Lentil Recipe is the BEST quick and easy meal you’ll ever make! You don’t have an idea for today’s lunch or dinner? This delicious recipe is just for you. It’s super simple to make in just 25 minutes in 1 Pot, yet so incredibly healthy and filling! Plus, it’s so creamy and indulgent made with few wholesome ingredients. You’ll definitely love this cheap-and-easy plant-based meal!

Creamy plant-based vegan soup

I find that having certain common food staples in our pantry or fridge saves us when we have no idea or much time to cook some long preparation and exciting meals. That is why I always have in store a couple of jars full of whole plant-based pantry staples like lentils, chickpeas, beans, buckwheat groats, millet seeds, or oats.

Red lentil in a glass bowl

Healthy Ingredients for this Hearty Red Lentil Soup

Healthy ingredients for preparing easy and quick healthy vegan meal
  • Red lentils
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Carrot
  • Dried tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Spices of choice: salt, ground cumin, freshly ground black pepper, turmeric powder, paprika powder

Time needed: 25 minutes.

How do you make a vegan red lentil soup recipe from scratch?

Red lentils are perfect for weeknights, or whenever you’re in a hurry to get a meal for your family. This creamy vegan red lentil meal is a fast, tasty, and cheap way to make food in bulk. It’s full of flavor, packed with plant-based protein, and low in calories. Perfect, right?

  1. Sauté the vegetables

    First, thoroughly rinse lentils in a fine-mesh strainer and set aside. Dice up your onions, garlic, and carrot. Heat a large pot over medium heat adding the olive oil, garlic, green onions, and carrot. Sauté for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and fragrant.

    Cooking healthy and hearty vegan and vegetarian creamy red lentil soup

  2. Add the spices

    Next, add the spices: salt, freshly ground pepper, turmeric powder, cumin, and red paprika powder, stirring frequently, to prevent burning.

  3. Cook your red lentils

    After that, add red lentils, dried tomatoes, and water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir occasionally to incorporate flavors, and add more water if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

  4. Serve it and enjoy

    Finally, serve your rich and creamy lentil soup with a slice of crusty bread and your favorite salad. It pairs perfectly with fresh garlic or avocado slices as well. This recipe yields 2 big, nourish bowls. You’ll stay full for hours thanks to the lentil’s high protein and fiber content. Enjoy your hearty, protein-packed meal for lunch or dinner. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend you reheat on the stovetop stirring frequently until hot.

    Quick and easy vegan and vegetarian plant-based gluten free 1 pot meal

This Vegan Red Lentil Soup Recipe is:

Simple weight loss low fat low calorie vegan lentil stew for lunch or dinner
  • Quick and Easy
  • Healthy and Nourishing
  • Vegetarian and Vegan
  • Perfect as Lunch, Dinner or Side Dish
  • Cheap and Affordable
  • Budget-Friendly Meal
  • Rich in Plant-Based Protein
  • Good for Weight-Loss
  • Hearty and Filling
  • So flavorful!

Why You’ll love this Vegan Red Lentil Recipe

From start to finish, this recipe takes only 25 minutes to prepare. The ingredient list is very short, you’ll need only 6 plant-based ingredients and some spices to cook this vegetarian and vegan dish. At the same time, this red lentil soup is warm and cozy, hearty and so nutritious! The best part of all is that it is so quick and easy to make.

Cheap, budget-friendly, fast cooking, easy lentil soup

How do you serve red lentils

This creamy red lentil dish makes a delicious lunch or dinner, particularly in the cold months. But it really is an all-season super nutritious vegan meal. This simple recipe yields a hearty red lentil soup with an extra thick and creamy texture. I always serve this naturally gluten-free and filling lentil soup with some fresh salad like this mixed green salad and a slice of crusty bread. Or you could try to make your own warm flatbread without yeast that is extremely easy to make.

Delicious gluten free easy to make filling red lentil recipe for weeknight dinner
Are red lentils good for you?

Absolutely! Red lentils are rich in protein and dietary fiber while low in calories and fat. In fact, lentils are made up of over 25% protein. That makes them a healthy meat substitute. Additionally, these healthy legumes are packed with iron, B vitamins, folate, potassium, zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.

Are lentils good for losing weight?

Because red lentils are high in fiber which supports the increase of healthy gut bacteria and regular bowel movements. This improves your overall gut function. Likewise, this will improve your digestion, make you feel full longer, and avoid hunger-induced cravings. After all, adding lentils to your diet is good for weight loss and your overall health.

Do you need to soak red lentils?

Unlike other pulses, red lentils do not require soaking. Just them well with fresh water before boiling to remove any dust or debris. Be sure to check if there are any small hidden rocks between the lentil seeds, no one wants a broken tooth!

Vegan red lentil recipe for healthy quick lunch or dinner

Best Vegan Red Lentil Recipe (Quick Lunch Idea You’ll Love)

Marinela
Vegan Red Lentil Recipe is the BEST quick and easy meal you make. Simple, 25 minutes, 1 Pot cheap, healthy, and filling lunch or dinner idea.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 2 servings
Calories 284 kcal

Equipment

  • Cooking pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup red lentils rinsed
  • 3 cups fresh water
  • 1/8 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 4-5 stalks green onions finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1/3 cup dried tomatoes you can use crushed tomatoes if you like
  • 2 coves of garlic finely chopped
  • Spices of choice: salt, ground cumin, freshly ground black pepper, turmeric powder, paprika powder to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, thoroughly rinse lentils in a fine-mesh strainer and set aside. Dice up your onions, garlic, and carrot. Heat a large pot over medium heat adding the olive oil, garlic, green onions, and carrot. Sauté for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and fragrant.
  • Next, add the spices: salt, freshly ground pepper, turmeric powder, cumin, and red paprika powder, stirring frequently, to prevent burning.
  • After that, add red lentils, dried tomatoes, and water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer, covered, for 15minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir occasionally to incorporate flavors, and add more water if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Finally, serve your rich and creamy lentil soup with a slice of crusty bread and your favorite salad. It pairs perfectly with fresh garlic or avocado slices as well. This recipe yields 2 big, nourish bowls. You'll stay full for hours thanks to the lentil's high protein and fiber content. Enjoy your hearty, protein-packed meal for lunch or dinner. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend you reheat on the stovetop stirring frequently until hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal
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