Delicious Spicy Lentils and Spinach - a perfect meal for those meatless mondays. Even the non vegetarians, will love this recipe.
I love lentils because they are cheap, a great source of protein and high in fibre. I have several different varieties in my pantry. The red lentils are great for thickening soups and making daal type curries etc, but the chunkier lentils like brown or green lentils are great for using in a recipe instead of ground meat.
This spicy lentils and spinach use spices that are common in most curries, along with various vegetables to bulk out with some speed foods. You can actually vary the vegetables in this dish, maybe add some sweet potato or butternut squash for a little natural sweetness.
I use a food processor to chop the vegetables really small, It helps make the sauce to these Spicy Lentils and Spinach nice and thick. But don't worry if you don't have a food processor, you can do the same with a knife, if just takes that little bit longer.
You can also cook the spicy lentils and spinach in an instant pot.
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I like to serve this just with some plain rice and a spoonful of plain yoghurt mixed with some fresh lemon juice, sea salt and chopped coriander, but it is also perfect on it's own in a bowl or maybe even with some toasted pita bread.
This Spicy Lentils and spinach dish is a great one for making a big pot of and freezing in some tubs for a later day. Perfect for just grabbing out the of the freezer for meals on busy days.
To make a bigger pot of Spicy Lentils and Spinach, just double or even triple the ingredients. You could even add some cooked chicken for an extra bit of protein.
It is both gluten and dairy free (so long as you don't add the suggested spoonful of yoghurt to the top of course)
Looking for some other lentil recipes? Then check out these:
- Spicy Sweet Potato and Lentils
- Lentil Cheddar Sweetcorn Bake
- Easy Red Lentil Dhal
- 4 Ingredient Quick Lentil Curry (Instant Pot)
- Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup
- One Pot Sausage and Lentil Casserole
- Chicken and Lentil Soup
- Coconut Green Lentil Curry
- Lentil Curry (Instant Pot and Stove Top recipe)
- Lentil Bolognese
- Bacon and Lentil Soup
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How can I add a Vegatables to this Spicy Lentils and Spinach?
This delicious lentil dish already comes packed with onion, carrot, zucchini and spinach, but if you wanted to increase those vegetables even further you could serve with this Roasted Cauliflower Rice.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Spicy lentil and Spinach?
- Deep Saucepan or Instant Pot
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
- Food Processor
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