Change it up for Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday (Image: Meatless Monday)

Use the basic Ooo La La Lentils recipe and change it up according to the season and your mood. This recipe is easily adaptable, and here are five variations to savor.

Variation #1: Winter Herbs

Top cooked lentils with a mix of finely chopped fresh herbs. Any combination of rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage work well.

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Variation #2: Bright Citrus

Finish cooked lentils with a generous squeeze of lemon, minced shallots, and finely chopped fresh parsley.

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Variation #3: Mediterranean Mujaddra

Top cooked lentils with caramelized onions and (optional) a crispy fried onion garnish

Variation #4: Grilled/Roasted Veggies

Toss cooked lentils with a combination of grilled or roasted veggies. Try kale, asparagus, potatoes, winter or summer squash, cauliflower, and/or carrots.

Variation #5: Spanish Flavors

Add 1-2 cans of undrained fire roasted tomatoes when adding your water or broth to the uncooked lentils (1 can for half a bag of lentils, 2 cans for a full bag of lentils). Stir in 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika (for a half bag of lentils) or 2 tablespoons (for a full bag of lentils).

Do you enjoy lentils? What is your favorite way to serve them?

Looking for more Meatless Monday options? Check out Taste: Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Arugula Salad and Taste: Goat Cheese & Basil Potatoes

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Christine Rai

Christine Rai is a college professor in the Washington, D.C. area with a passion for food studies and experiential learning. She loves learning more in her kitchen, garden, and travels. Above all, Christine enjoys sharing adventures with her husband and two daughters. Christine is available for speaking, teaching, speaking, and leading travel experiences. Fill out the contact form to get in touch.

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