Sweet Korean Lentils

June 3, 2018

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian


So happy to be posting another delicious and easy vegetarian recipe on the blog. As you know, I’m trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet. I find that many vegetarian recipes can have a longer prep time, but that’s definitely not these Sweet Korean Lentils! They only take 15 minutes to make and are so delicious and packed with fiber and protein!  I’m having lots of fun experimenting with meatless meals, and most of the time, you don’t miss the meat at all!  Definitely the case with this yummy dish.

Not only are these lentils super easy to make and satisfying, I recommend doubling the batch so you have extra, as I can guarantee you they will go fast! They are sweet and salty with a hint of soy sauce, garlic and ginger.


I served them over sauteed green cabbage to keep the carbs lower, alternatively, over steamed rice would be good too! I’m also going to have them over greens and grilled vegetables.

Sweet Korean Lentils
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Easy and flavorful vegetarian/vegan dinner idea.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup gluten-free tamari or lower sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey (for vegan use agave)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup white onion, chopped finely
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  1. Heat oil in a medium sized pot. Add chopped onion. When transleucent, add in all other ingredients.
  2. Cover and simmer on low until lentils are cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Serve by spooning over sauteed cabbage or rice. Garnish (optional) with sesame seeds and green onion.
Serving size: ¼ of recipe Calories: 177 Fat: 1.2 g Saturated fat: 0.2 g Unsaturated fat: 1 g Carbs: 35 g Sugar: 9.9 g Sodium: 576 mg Fiber: 4.6 g Protein: 10.5 Cholesterol: 0 mg


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