Do you have friends or family members with special dietary needs, but the thought of a vegan or meat-free meal makes you cringe? Well, send out your dinner invitations, because this tasty dish will please everyone. It’s free of dairy, gluten, and eggs, but full on flavor. Health-conscious carnivores are often reluctant to give up meat, insisting that they need their protein. But a cup of lentils has 18 grams of protein – half as much as a four ounce serving of grilled chicken breast.

Lentils are a diet staple in India, and they’re full of fiber to keep you satiated throughout the day. Serve these curried lentils over a bowl of quinoa for an additional energy boost!


What You Need

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1½ cans (40 oz. total) chopped tomatoes

2 cans (28 oz. total) coconut milk

¼ cup molasses

¼ cup curry powder (This isn’t turmeric. You can find curry in the spice section)

1 ½ Tbsp. coriander

1 Tbsp. salt

½ tsp cinnamon

2 ½ cups red lentils

2 cups quinoa (optional)

Vegan Gluten-Free Curried Lentils

What to Do

1. Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and onions and sauté for about five minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Vegan Gluten-Free Curried Lentils

2. Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, molasses, and spices and bring to a boil. Taste test it to see if you want additional sugar, or spice it up with some chili sauce!

Vegan Gluten-Free Curried Lentils

3. Once it’s boiling, add the lentils and simmer over low heat for a half hour, or until lentils are soft and tender. Serve over a bowl of quinoa for a complete meal.

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