Tomato-Garlic Lentil Bowls Recipe
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Tomato-Garlic Lentil Bowls Recipe

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An Ethiopian recipe inspired this feel-good dinner that's tangy, creamy and packed with hearty comfort. —Rachael Cushing, Portland, Oregon
Featured In: 31 Meals in a Bowl
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • Chopped tomatoes and minced fresh cilantro, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 294 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 419mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onions 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in lentils, seasonings and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, 25-30 minutes.
  2. Stir in lemon juice and tomato paste; heat through. Serve with yogurt and, if desired, tomatoes and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.
Health Tip: Cup for cup, lentils have twice as much protein and iron as quinoa.
Originally published as Tomato-Garlic Lentil Bowls in Simple & Delicious October/November 2016

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Ellie31773 User ID: 5796034 260244
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"We have these lentil bowls a lot. They make fantastic workday lunches, too. I like to add cumin along with the other spices, and the tomatoes and cilantro are musts on top!"

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