Bowl of lentils and rice on white surface with green garnish

Filling and Satisfying

Legumes bring a wonderful variety to protein dishes. And the humble lentil is no exception. High in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat and calories, and quick and easy to cook—what’s not to love about lentils? This recipe is versatile: the lentils can stand alone as an entrée with greens, potatoes, and a salad; or they can be eaten over rice and topped with a salad and dressing. They are delicious as a sandwich filling if simmered until thick and then chilled.

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: 4 (1 cup) servings
  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1-1½ hours
  • Total Time: Less than 2 hours

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Broth for sautéing
  • 1 1/2 cups mild onion, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup green lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Cooked brown rice


  1. In a kettle, sauté garlic and onion in broth until golden.
  2. Add liquids and lentils; bring to a boil and simmer. Cover and cook 45 minutes.
  3. Add seasonings and cook without lid until lentils are desired consistency and doneness.
  4. Serve over brown rice. May also be topped with salad and a plant-based ranch-style dressing to create a one-dish bowl.

Nutritional Data

Calories: 399.92
Fat: 4.00 g
Saturated Fat: 0.73 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 604.19 mg
Carbohydrates: 73.82 g
Fiber: 8.93 g
Sugars: 5.67 g
Protein: 15.31 g
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