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Vegan Comfort Food

Creamy Vegan Lentils with Spinach

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

4

Looking for a comforting meal that will warm you from the inside out while delivering the best creaminess, and healthy goodness you need to fuel your body throughout the day? Look no further than these lentils with spinach and artichokes. 

Why you’ll love this lentil with spinach recipe:

  • It’s loaded with fiber and protein
  • It is creamy and flavorful
  • Soak up the health benefits of spinach 
  • Easy-to-make
  • Make it only 40-minutes

Lentils with Spinach in serving dish with spoon in the bowl.

 

Lentils with Spinach in serving dish with spoon in the bowl.

What are the health benefits of lentils?

Lentils are a great addition to any vegan or vegetarian recipe. They add a ton of protein and fiber that keeps your full (and regular). Because of their high protein content, this means they are a great meat alternative in your diet. Bonus that they are inexpensive and super versatile to throw in any recipe, whether pasta sauce, salads, or this lentils with spinach recipe. Lentils are also packed with B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and potassium, and are a fantastic source of iron. Iron is often hard to get enough of when you’re vegan and vegetarian so eating foods like spinach and lentils that are rich in it definitely helps.

How do you make lentils with spinach?

This recipe is simple, here is how you make it:

  1. Heat a large pot on medium-low heat and melt the plant butter for 30 seconds before adding the onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the pot
  2. Cook for at least 5 minutes or until the vegetable are a bit browned and the onions are translucent
  3. Increase heat to high for 30 seconds before adding the wine. Stir everything till well combined and let the wine completely reduce/evaporate
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and add in the lentils.  Stir well before adding the vegetable stock, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Put the lid on and simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes
  5. To the pot, add the half and half or cashew cream and spinach and stir till well combined.  Cook for another 5 minutes or until everything is beautiful, fragrant and creamy
  6. Serve with a splash of red wine vinegar, olive oil, a bit more salt and parsley

 

Califia Farms plant butter on countertop.

For this recipe, I used one of my go-to kitchen staples, and that’s Califia Farms Plant Butter. If you are vegan, you’ll understand the difficulty in finding the perfect plant butter that is versatile to cook with, bake with, or spread. What’s I love about this plant butter is that it’s made from REAL food like cashews, tiger nuts, nutritional yeast, avocado oil or olive oil. The ingredients are amazing, but you also get that creamy butter-like taste that does all the things you need butter to do (bake, cook, melt, spread). These products stay clear from palm and canola oils and provide that yummy taste you’ll love with the use of whole foods, versus just fat like regular non-vegan butter. 

Voila. This recipe is done and ready to enjoy! I promise you’re going to love it, but please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Lentils with Spinach in serving dish with spoon in the bowl next to Califia Farms Plant Butter

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Lentils with Spinach in serving dish with spoon in the bowl

Creamy Vegan Lentils with Spinach

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This super easy creamy lentils with spinach and artichokes recipe is delicious and the perfect comfort food this winter.


Ingredients

Scale

3 tbsp. Califia Plant Butter

1 medium-sized white onion, finely chopped

1 cup roughly chopped carrot

1 cup roughly chopped celery stalk

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/2 white wine

3 cups cooked black lentils

2 cups vegetable stalk

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp fresh black pepper

1/2 tsp thyme spice

2 bay leafs

1/2 cup vegan half and half or cashew cream

4 cups fresh spinach, tightly packed

serve with red wine vinegar, olive oil and parsley


Instructions

Heat a large pot on medium-low heat and melt the plant butter for 30 seconds before adding the onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the pot.  Cook for at least 5 minutes or until the vegetable are a bit browned and the onions are translucent.

Increase heat to high for 30 seconds before adding the wine. Stir everything till well combined and let the wine completely reduce/evaporate.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add in the lentils.  Stir well before adding the vegetable stock, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leafs. Put the lid on and simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

To the pot, add the half and half or cashew cream and spinach and stir till well combined.  Cook for another 5 minutes or until everything is beautiful, fragrant and creamy.

Serve with a splash of red wine vinegar, olive oil, a bit more salt and parsley.


Notes

If you are not a fan of lentils, chickpeas or any other bean with work.

You can use vegetables like kale or chard to replace the spinach.

 

Eleni G

Fantastic recipe. This felt so hearty and healthy going down. I’m Greek and cook with lentils a lot, but had never cooked with black lentils before! They’re smaller and so dense and lovely to bite into. Easy to put together and will become a staple in our household. The only thing I’m wondering about is the artichokes! They’re not in the ingredients or in the instructions… I threw them in anyway! Thanks for another beautiful recipe, Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Eleni!

Alex H

Can’t wait to try this! When/How do I add the artichokes?

Maria Koutsogiannis

same oil!

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