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Green Lentils and Vegetables

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

I put this recipe together when we were attending a pot luck with many vegetarians in attendance. It's a great protein, with so many beautiful veggies in it. And it's a stunning dish to bring in to a a party. I believe this can serve 12 people easily, and it's a perfect veggie dish for a pot luck dinner.

 1.50 cups Green Lentils, sorted and rinsed
 1 Bay Leaf
 2 tsp Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
 1 Onion, diced
 6 Carrots, diced in 1/2" to 3/4" pieces
 4 Celery stalks, diced in 1/2" to 3/4" pieces
 4 Garlic Cloves, mashed/pressed
 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  cup Red Wine
 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
 2 lbs Spinach or Baby Spinach, Washed
 3 tbsp Butter (Optional)
Preparing the Lentils and Vegetables

Place Lentils and Bay Leaf into 3 Cups Water. Add 1 tsp salt and bay leaf. Bring to boil then keep simmering for about 20 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Lentils should hold their shape and have some texture. Set aside when ready. 20 Minutes


Add 2 tbsp vegetable/olive oil mixture. Add onion, carrots and celery. Season with 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp pepper. Sauté for 8 minutes.
Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
Add tomato paste and mix in.


Pour wine into vegetables, and simmer for 8 minutes until wine is syrupy.


Stir in the mustard.
Stir in the lentils.
Stir in butter for extra goodness! (Or don't if you want to keep the vegan goodness!)
Turn off heat and set aside. Do not cover. You don't want to overcook the lentils.

Preparing the Spinach

I do this in two quick batches. In a large sauce pan, heat 1 tsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add one clove of pressed garlic. Add spinach. Add salt and pepper (1/4 tsp each) Wait 1 minute then start stirring until it's sauted and ready. This should take 3-4 minutes. Remove and drain in colander.


Repeat with 2nd pound of spinach.

Assembling the Dish

In a nice casserole dish, add the spinach and push to the edges.


Add the lentils in the middle. Garnish with parsley if you like and you are ready to serve!


If you are going to a pot luck, cover with foil and heat in the oven there for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 Cup

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 05g25%
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 350mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%

Dietary Fiber 7g29%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.