Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I got a package of black beluga lentils a couple weeks ago and I have been dying to try it.  Today was the day. I made these Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and they were out of this world delicious.  Super easy to make too.

I cooked the sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot and it took no time at all.  Since I know not everyone has an instant pot, I will write directions for the oven as well.  If you like sweet potato recipes, you may also like my Sweet Potato Chili or my Sweet Potato Pasta with Brussels Sprouts.


Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 1 - My Whole Food Life


If you can’t find the black beluga lentils, you can also use black beans or brown lentils.  Both should work well.  This dish is not only easy, but also budget friendly.

Vegan and gluten free too. I topped mine with some of my homemade dairy free sour cream and it was delicious!

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Lentil Sweet Potato Kale Soup (Vegan)

It’s finally getting cold here in Dallas.  Perfect for soup!  Especially on this rainy day.  This Lentil Sweet Potato Kale Soup is perfect! Super easy to make and it’s very budget friendly.


Lentil, Sweet Potato Kale Soup


Did you know that 2016 is the International Year of the Pulses? In addition to this healthy soup recipe, I am here to tell you all about pulses.

What are pulses?

Pulses are a category of superfoods that include: lentils, chickpeas, beans and dried peas. They are very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory recipes.  Just try my Almond Joy Flourless Blondies and you will be a believer. Trust me!

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Green Lentils and Mushrooms

I have had this huge bag of lentils in my pantry that I have been meaning to use.  That is where this Green Lentils and Mushrooms dish came about.  Lentils are so versatile.  My most favorite lentil dish is my Lentil Sloppy Joes.  A must try if you haven’t already!  Green lentils have an earthy flavor that goes so well with the mushrooms.  I added crispy shallots to add a sweetness to balance out the earthy flavors.  It went very well!  I also think spinach or kale could be a yummy addition to this.

Green Lentils and Mushrooms - My Whole Food Life

This dish is vegan and gluten free.  It’s also very budget friendly.

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Lentil Spinach Salad with Avocado

I have had 2 big bags of green lentils I needed to use up.  So today was the day to make this Lentil Spinach Salad with Avocado.  Avocado makes everything better, doesn’t it?  This lentil salad came out really good and it’s easy to make.  Budget friendly too.  If you like lentils too, you may also like my lentil sloppy joes and my lentil loaf.

Lentil Spinach Salad with Avocado - My Whole Food Life

This makes a lot.  About 4-5 servings.  I think it is better the next day after the flavors have had time to marinate.  It’s a great dish for a crowd.  If you are new to lentils, this is the perfect dish to start with.

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Red Lentil Hummus

One of the things I love most about my job, is all the cookbook reviews I get the opportunity to do.  Today my review is of Dreena Burton’s latest cookbook Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes.


You may already be familiar with her blog, Plant Powered Kitchen. Today I am sharing a recipe from the book.  Red Lentil Hummus.  What a great idea, right? I love lentils and hummus, but I never thought to make hummus with lentils.

Red Lentil Hummus - My Whole Food Life

Dreena has been vegan for almost 20 years.  She also raises her 3 children vegan.  In fact, Plant Powered Families has over 100 recipes that have been tested and approved by her 3 children.   I love that these recipes are easy and kid friendly.  In addition to the hummus, some of the other recipes include: Cinnamon French Toast, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Sneaky Chickpea Burgers, Apple Pie Chia Pudding, Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies, Creamy Fettucine and No Bake Granola Bars.  I can’t wait to make more of the recipes myself.    In addition to the recipes, Dreena shares tips on dealing with picky eaters, packing school lunches and stocking a vegan pantry.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader.  Make sure you enter via the Rafflecopter widget below the recipe!

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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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