25+ Lentil Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals

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(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

We love lentils here at Kitchn. They are magically easy to cook on the stove, and versatile enough to go into a wide range of cuisines. Plus, they are quick. What more could you ask for when preparing a weeknight meal? But before you limit yourself to the tried-and-true lentil recipes you know, think outside the box and try one of these 25+ recipe ideas that deliver on delicious.

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Warm Bulgur and Lentil Salad with Roasted Shrimp(Image credit: Melissa Ryan)

Dinner-Worthy Salads

These protein-packed pulses are always a good idea for bulking up salad into a meal that’s guaranteed to be filling. Use them as the base of your salad, partner them with toothsome grains, or mix them in with your favorite greens. You can even use them in place of beans.

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Roasted Cauliflower & Lentil Bowl with Sweet Potato Hummus(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Lentil Bowls

One-bowl meals are one of my favorite things to keep in constant rotation in my meal plan. Sometimes it follows a recipe, like the ones below. Other times it’s a mix of rice, lentils, roasted veggies, and maybe a handful of greens or an egg.

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How To Make the Best Lentil Dal at Home(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Soup, Stew, and Chili

No matter what kind of lentils you have hanging out in your pantry, know that one of the easiest ways to put them to work is in a simmering pot of soup, stew, or chili. More firm brown and green lentils will deliver a bowl with a more toothsome bite, while red and yellow lentils will soften with added heat and time.

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Tomato-Braised Lentils with Broccoli Rabe(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Other Savory Lentil Meals

Lentils have a satisfying meatiness and incredible versatility that make them such a great starring ingredient in dinner. From braises and casseroles, to egg bakes and our own version of a hot pocket, this lineup includes some of my favorite lentil dinner options.

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