Easy | Servings: 2 | Ready In: 10 minutes | Yield: 2 big bowls
A healthy, vegan bowl in under 10 Minutes? Yes. A quick mix of sautéed vegetables, Italian spices, and hearty lentils come together for this easy, delicious dinner for 1 (or 2). Watch and learn how to make this oil-free, plant-based meal a part of your go-to fast weeknight meal.
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 3 cremini mushrooms, sliced
- ½ teaspoon each: dried basil, oregano, thyme, and red chili flake*
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup frozen leaf spinach
- 1 (15-ounce) can lentils, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
How it’s Done:
To make the Italian Lentil Bowl: Preheat a medium sauté pan over high heat. While the pan pre-heats, dice the onion and slice the mushrooms. Once the pan is hot, add the mushrooms and onion to the pan. Spread into a single layer. Now leave them alone! Let them brown 1-2 minutes before stirring. Stir, spread into a single layer again, and let them keep browning. The browning will take about 3-4 minutes total.
While the onions and mushrooms brown, dice the tomato and mince the garlic. Once the mushrooms are brown, add the dried Italian spices. Cook just 20-30 seconds, until the spices become aromatic.
Add the diced tomato and minced garlic, along with 1 cup of water. Use your spatula to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture come to a boil and simmer. While this cooks, drain and rinse the lentils.
After the mixture has simmered a couple of minutes, add the spinach, drained lentils, and nutritional yeast. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and serve.
Yield: 8 cups
Chef Katie’s Tips
Use as a Lasagna Filling: You can use this lentil mushroom mixture as a filling for Italian stuffed peppers or layer between thinly sliced zucchini for a super-veggie lasagna.
Frozen Veggies: You can swap out any type of frozen green for the spinach. Frozen broccoli, kale, or even frozen Brussels sprouts are all tasty.
Quick Spices: You can swap out the dried spices for 2 teaspoon of a basic Italian spice mix.
Watch the Recipe Video:
Serving size: 1/2 of a recipe (1 bowl, 13.8 ounces)
Calories From Fat (5%) 12.69
% Daily Value
- Total Fat 1.56g 2%
- Saturated Fat 0.16g <1%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 71.23mg 3%
- Potassium 1193.26mg 34%
- Total Carbohydrates 46.23g 15%
- Fiber 18.18g 73%
- Sugar 8.4g
- Protein 22.38g 45%
- Calcium 19.93mg 2%
- Iron 157.16mg 873%
- Vitamin A 9671.81IU 193%
- Vitamin C 1582.4mg 2637%
Shopping and Gear List
- Westbrae Natural Organic Lentils, 15 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
- Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning 4.5 Ounce
- Simply Organic Italian Seasoning Certified Organic, 0.95-Ounce Container