Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions.  This easy recipe is big on flavor even though it has a small ingredient list.


Every Christmas Day, we have lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant.  Our family celebrates on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day free.  This recipe is inspired by a dish we have there.  Since my mother in law is Turkish, she gave us her version.


Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions


This healthy recipe is vegan and gluten free.  I cooked the lentils and rice separate, but I bet you can cook them together to save a step. If anyone tries in the instant pot, I’d love to know the results!

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Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash

Is there a vegan in your family?  I have the perfect recipe for you.  This Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash is healthy, easy, and very flavorful!  For Thanksgiving a few years ago, we served a wild rice stuffed acorn squash and it was a huge success. Even with the meat eaters!

You can make the filling a day ahead if you like.  It should hold up great.  Then on the day you are serving, all you need to do is roast the squash and assemble.

lentil stuffed acorn squash

I love all the colors in this healthy recipe.  When I went to buy the squash for this, they only had tiny acorn squashes, so that is why mine look kind of small.  However, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the squash any size you like.  The filling is also pretty delicious on it’s own.

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Red Beans and Rice (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Red Beans and Rice.  For those of you that may not know, my husband Marcus helps out with a lot of the savory cooking.  This recipe is one of his creations.  He came up with this while trying to use up some odds and ends we had in the fridge.  This recipe is very easy and also budget friendly!

Some of Marcus’s other recipe creations are the slow cooker stuffed peppers and the cheesy vegan quinoa bites.


Red Beans and Rice


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Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes

Sometimes the best meals come out using leftovers in the fridge.  We had slim pickings in the fridge today, so I asked Marcus to make us something with them.  He is so much better at that than I am.  He came up with this Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes.  Before he started the recipe, I made sure to tell him to measure everything so I could share it with you all.  It came out delicious.  The roasted garlic adds such great flavor.   If you like this recipe you may also like some of his other recipes.  The most popular ones are, sweet potato chili, peanut noodle stir fry and 3 bean soup.

quinoa with roasted garlic and potatoes

This dish was so flavorful.  The roasted garlic and potatoes were like buttery bites of heaven in the middle of the quinoa and chickpeas.  This Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes is vegan and gluten free.

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Lentil Burrito Bowls (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Lentil Burrito Bowls.  I have been having a love affair with lentils lately.  This time it’s a recipe for vegan burrito bowls.  My other recent recipes were the Lentil Sloppy Joes and the Easy Lentil Loaf.  I do also have another recipe for healthy burrito bowls as well.

That  one is made with a cilantro rice as a base.  These healthy burrito bowls use lentils and tomatoes as the base.  This recipe is super easy.


Lentil Burrito Bowl - My Whole Food Life


The lentil base cooks very quickly.  Then all you need to do is add the fixings.  I added corn, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado and roasted red peppers.

You can really add anything you like.  Make them your own! I think some homemade salsa would be yummy on these as well. These healthy vegan burrito bowls are vegan and gluten free.  Make sure to top them with my dairy free sour cream. 🙂

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