I realize that I don't need be a culinary master chef in order to prepare delicious and varied vegan meals. I start with ingredients that are already familiar to me. Lentils were one of the first things I tried to cook after making the switch to a plant-based diet. My recipe below has been a favorite of vegans and non-vegans alike. I make a big pot and freeze the leftovers.
I rinse the dried lentils in water then toss them (no soaking needed) into a pot of boiling water. To this I add:
- chopped roasted onions
- dried barley
- no salt added diced tomatoes
- chopped roasted colored (yellow, red, and orange) peppers
- TSP chunks
- tomato paste
- a bay leaf
- ground clove
- and chipotle hot sauce
Make your own version of my recipe by substituting things you have on hand, and omitting things that you don't have or don't like.