Braised Lentils with Spinach – the ultimate healthy, hearty quick weeknight meal. Vegan (without the yogurt) it will fill you up with out fat or lots of calories. Spiced with turmeric which is known for its healing properties.
I’ve gone back and forth for a while on whether I should share this recipe with you all. It’s neither glamorous nor trendy, but it’s hearty, easy and I find myself making it at least twice a week. After several requests from Instagram friends , I decided to finally share it with you! 🙂 I find myself turning to this Braised Lentils with Spinach recipe so often when I want something warm and filling, yet healthy. Not only is it surprisingly tasty, but it’s incredibly healthy and vegan or vegetarian! The spices add just the right depth of flavor and I love topping off a piping hot bowl with a healthy dollop of greek yogurt – the coolness and creaminess are the perfect complement to the lentils.
You may already know that lentils are one of my favorite (and most under-appreciated, in my opinion!) legumes. Not only is this recipe non-fat, low-calorie and high in protein, the turmeric has tremendous health benefits known for treating ailments ranging from arthritis, stomach problems, headaches, fibromyalgia and even skin conditions. And we all know that spinach gives you the muscles and strength of Popeye, so eat up! What I’m saying is, not only are these braised lentils tasty but they may be able to cure what ails you 😉
- Serves: 2
- Serving size: 1 cup (half recipe)
- Calories: 123
- Fat: 0
- Saturated fat: 0
- Unsaturated fat: 0
- Trans fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Protein: 12
- 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach
- ½ cup dried lentils (I prefer green)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Water or optionally broth
- Greek yogurt (optional)
- Add the dried lentils into a non stick pan with a lid and cover with at least 2-3 cups of water.
- Add the spices and simmer, while covered for 20 minutes over medium heat. Check often to make sure there is still a lot of water inside.
- Uncover and add the frozen spinach directly to the pan - add additional water to cover.
- Cover and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Uncover, stir and continue to simmer until the water has completely evaporated (usually another 5-10 minutes). Season to taste with additional salt / pepper.
- Serve alone or topped with Greek yogurt.