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Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls
January 3, 2017 in Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Main Dish · Nut-Free · Vegetables · 12 Comments

Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls {dairy-free, gluten-free}

January. The start of a new year, and my birthday month…… A capricorn through and through.

I’m a reflector, not a resolver. I’ve always thought the word resolution had a negative connotation, standing in as “you need to change. find a solution”. Not that change isn’t sometimes needed, but it’s also okay to revel in who you are, and what you have, right now. And the necessary growth we all experience to keep evolving who we are.

So 2017…. To more of the things that make you happy, and to finding new ones. To disconnecting in order to connect, face to face, with conversations and experiences. To more loving, and laughing. Happy new year, friends.

About these Wholesome and Colorful Lentil Protein Bowls:

They’re really a choose your own adventure, build it with what you’ve got, mainly leftovers, type of meal. But always lentils, and always roasted vegetables. Maybe an egg. Maybe quality meat if that’s your thing, my favorite being this juicy, cuban pulled pork. That recipe is here, which is convenient to make and use throughout the week for different meals.

The Easy Way to Cook French LentilsHealthy Pulled Pork recipe {paleo}Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls ~ made with roasted vegatables, steamed greens. basically leftovers!

I piled mine high with roasted sweet potatoes and beets which I batch cooked earlier in the week, steamed kale, a few punches of fresh lime, and radishes. I love using this shallot vinaigrette to dress it, or for something creamy, this lemon tahini sauce.

And lentils! They’re similar to beans in terms of being a protein powerhouse, but don’t need to be soaked before cooking. For making bowls, or salads, I like to use french green lentils because they hold their shape when cooked, and have a rich, peppery flavor that adds to a dish, in addition to being really satisfying. I cook them the way I would pasta (unlike rice, you don’t need exact ratios because lentils don’t absorb water, it’s simply their cooking liquid), in a pot of simmering water, which also makes things quite easy.

Enjoy, xo

Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls with Roasted Vegetables and Pork {dairy-free, gluten-free}Wholesome, Colorful Lentil Bowls: with roasted vegetables, steamed kale, and pork

Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls

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Preparation 5 mins 2017-06-24T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 40 mins 2017-06-24T00:40:00+00:00
Serves 4     adjust servings

I love using this shallot vinaigrette to dress the lentil bowls, or for something creamy, this lemon tahini sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry french green lentils {affiliate link}
  • water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

toppings

  • your favorite roasted vegetables (i made sweet potatoes and beets)
  • a dark, leafy green of your choice (i used steamed kale)
  • if you'd like: juicy, cuban pulled pork recipe, or a poached egg

Instructions

  1. Add 3 cups water to a pot. Bring to a boil, then add lentils, salt, bay leaf, and garlic. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 35-40 minutes, until lentils are tender to the bite. Drain, and store in a container to use throughout the week.
  2. Build bowl using your favorite batch cooked ingredients like roasted vegetables, eggs, or quality meat. Top with vinaigrette, avocado, or a creamy dressing listed in ingredients.

 

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12 thoughts on “Wholesome Lentil Protein Bowls

  1. Karlie

    Oh this sounds amazing! I just bought some green lentils and have yet to cook them up. What a simple weeknight meal. xo and happy birthday month!

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  2. Ruby

    Yay happy birthday month!! I, too definitely consider myself a reflector when it comes to new years planning. I am all for the self-reveling. This beautiful bowl looks like the perfect way to start things off right :) xo

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