Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Just Another Meatless Monday #34 Mexican Lentils


Just Another Meatless Monday #34 Mexican Lentils

Hey What's For Dinner

This week rolls out another vegan lentil recipe, with a cumin, chili powder twist topped with fresh salsa. I was really looking for a way to use up a grocery bag of tomatoes I have ripening in my pantry and didn't have time to make beans. The lentils cooked up quick and were a handy substitute for beans on a cold windy day. I'm adding a simple salsa recipe too, just in case you don't already have one.

Mexican Lentils
2 TBSP oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 TBSP cumin
1 TBSP chili powder-or to taste
2 cups red lentils
4 cups water
1 TBSP tomato paste
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt to taste

saute the onion in the oil over medium high heat in a medium sauce pan for 5 minutes
you're not trying to brown them just cook them down
add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds
add the cumin, toast for another 30 seconds
add the rest of the ingredients stirring to combine well making sure to scrape and brown bits off the bottom of the pan
bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until the lentils are cooked through
serve topped with fresh salsa

Fresh Salsa
1 sweet onion, peeled and cut in chunks
1/2 clove of garlic
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
4 fresh ripe tomatoes, cleaned and quartered
1/2 a fresh lemon
salt to taste

in a food processor pulse together the onion, garlic and cilantro
add the tomatoes and pulse until chopped to your preference
pour into a bowl add fresh lemon juice and salt to taste
serve immediately or refrigerate until needed
this recipe can be doubled and tripled easily

Peace and Love--


  1. Joining fo the first time :)
    Have a great week!

  2. Those lentils sound gorgeous with the fresh salsa - healthy and delicious! Thanks for hosting Laura. Have a great week!

  3. Your affair with lentils is making me hungry!! Another great version that would be simple for me to try, since I have everything needed. My tummy is rumbling in anticipation :)

  4. The lentils look and sound awesome! I haven't made lentils in quite awhile! I need to save this, thanks!

  5. Hooray for more lentils! I can't get enough of those guys.

  6. I love lentils and your Mexican version sounds really yummy. And I really like that cute bowl you have them in. I have a weakness for cute dishes. Top of my yard sale/thrift store search list. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Hey Laura, Happy monday. I know this is not a vegetarian recipe, but I think it is a hugely important article for anyone who is allowing their kids to buy lunch at school. Just take a look at the squirrels by our school dumpster to find out why. Alex@amoderatelife

  8. Sounds like a wonderful recipe..and I love that bowl!


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