These nutritious, satisfying recipes will keep you full while still being light enough to help you maintain your energy throughout the day.
Lentil Coconut Curry with Brown Basmati Rice
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Skip the Indian takeout: This comfort meal "has the perfect blend of savory spices without the high fat and sodium content of takeout," says Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D., president of 80 Twenty Nutrition. And since a serving of lentils has 13 grams of protein, this dish is sure to satisfy.
Get the recipe: Lentil Coconut Curry with Brown Basmati Rice
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Vegetable Lentil Soup
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Gone are the days of sad, canned veggie soup that leaves you hungry for another meal. This homemade version is packed with green lentils, giving it a plant-based protein punch and extra dose of satiety.
Get the recipe: Vegetable Lentil Soup
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Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower
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Shepherd's pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods. But with the usual amounts of ground meat and mashed potatoes that it calls for, you can walk away feeling pretty heavy afterward. Enter this lightened-up vegetarian version, made with hearty lentils, root vegetables, and a cauliflower mash to boot. (Here are more healthy recipes for your favorite comfort foods.)
Get the recipe: Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower
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Sweet Potato Lentil Chili
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Chili just got a whole lot tastier (and more filling) thanks to lentils, sweet potatoes, and kale. This recipe makes enough for 8 to 10 servings, so you'll have plenty left over for lunch during the week. (Speaking of lunch, here are 31 grab-and-go meals you can take to work.)
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Lentil Chili
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30-Minute Spicy Lentil Bolognese
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We're all about a good bolognese, especially when it's packed with heat and can be made in under 30 minutes. Chelsey Amer, M.S., R.D.N., New York City–based private practice dietitian and nutrition consultant and creator of C It Nutritionally suggests serving this protein, fiber, and iron-packed sauce over zoodles for a low-carb dinner option.
Get the recipe: 30-Minute Spicy Lentil Bolognese
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Creamy Lentils and Mushrooms with Roasted Broccolini
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"This simple bowl of lentils and roasted vegetables is surprisingly packed with flavor," says Rachael Hartley, R.D., private practice dietitian and owner of Avocado a Day Nutrition. "The coconut milk provides filling fats, too, making this a vegan dish that satisfies." And let's not forget about that umami bomb of flavor from the soy sauce.
Get the recipe: Creamy Lentils and Mushrooms with Roasted Broccolini
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Sweet Potato Lentil Tacos
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Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot healthier. These are packed with beans, lentils, sweet potato, and avocado, creating the satiating nutrient trifecta: protein, unrefined carbs, and healthy fats. For an extra protein boost, Angie Asche, M.S., R.D., of Eleat Sports Nutrition, suggests making it into a hash and throwing a fried egg on top.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Lentil Tacos
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Easy Lentil Bowl
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Forget plates—making bowls of food is so hot right now. (Case in point: these awesome power bowl recipes.) That's because they're easy to make, totally customizable, and the perfect vehicle to pack in a ton of nutrition. This recipe is no exception. "Packed with fiber, whole grains, and protein, it's the perfect spicy and savory vegetarian comfort food and can be modified with any veggies you have on hand," says Kristina Todini, R.D.N.
Get the recipe: Easy Lentil Bowl
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Acorn Squash with Curried Lentils
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Packed with warming spices like ginger and curry powder that help boost your immunity, this curried lentil dal is served inside a bowl made out of roasted acorn squash for the perfect spicy-sweet combo.
Get the recipe: Acorn Squash with Curried Lentils
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