Ah, lentils: It was love at first taste. With all that protein and fiber (not to mention folate, iron and vitamin B), we’d eat you for every meal if we could. 

What’s that, you say? We can? Yep, it turns out the nutritious little legume is versatile, too. Here are 20 delicious ways with lentils, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. (Don’t forget to soak them first, though.)

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Kale Lentil Breakfast Bowl

The most nutritious way to wake up.

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Lentil Spinach Pancakes

Healthy and kid-approved.

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Ginger Coriander Sprouted Lentil Avocado Toast

A mouthful, in the best way possible.

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Tofu Red Lentil Shakshuka

This versatile meal, courtesy of Coterie member Gena Hamshaw, will take you from brunch to dinner.

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Zesty Lentil Spinach Salad

Use French lentils if you’re très fancy.

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Easy Lentil Meatballs

Say hello to the most versatile, effortless, impressive dinner…that also happens to be vegan and gluten-free.

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Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt

The yogurt sauce tho. *Kisses fingers like a chef*

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Lemon-Tahini Salad with Lentils, Beets and Carrots

With a nutty dressing as good as this, we might never go back to kale Caesars.

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Mujaddara with Spiced Lemon Yogurt

With caramelized onions and jasmine rice, this traditional Middle Eastern dish will win a spot in your weekly rotation.

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Detox Lentil Crockpot Soup

Make this once and lunch for the week is covered.

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Coconut Quinoa and Lentil Curry with Lime Mango

A warm hug in a bowl.

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Cauliflower Lentil Sloppy Joes

Coterie member Maria Lichty proves that you don’t need meat to make a good sammie.

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Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce

This simple (and delicious) dish from PureWow Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp works for any course.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Crispy, chewy, spicy and creamy all in one bite.

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Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Lentils and Whipped Goat Cheese

FYI, lentils are a great source of protein…ergo, a genius breakfast option.

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Morning Glory Breakfast Muffins

Red lentils are the secret ingredient in these naturally sweetened, vegan beauties. (They’re also gluten-free, natch.)

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Sunshine Lentil Bowls with Garlic Olive Oil Dressing

Brunch, lunch or dinner, we want this for every meal.

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Za’atar Lentil Burgers with Pickles and Tahini

If you haven’t tried za’atar, now’s your moment: The herby, tangy spice mixture adds a touch of brightness to these earthy, meatless burgers.

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Cakes with Lemony Avocado Sauce

Serve on a bed of arugula for a peppery bite.

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Curry-Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Kale Salad

Ready in 30 minutes? Don’t mind if we do.

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