Blend up lentils for this incredible vegetarian dish +5 recipes

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Lentils are a pretty amazing ingredient. They're not only high in protein and fiber, but they can also replace meat. There are so many tasty dishes you can make and use lentils instead of meat. Check out these vegetarian recipes featuring lentils that will have your family coming back for seconds.
Don't keep these recipes to yourself, either. Share them with a friend who loves lentils or is a vegetarian.
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1. Vegetarian lentil shawarma
Shawarma refers to roasted meat, cooked on a spit, that's thinly sliced for pita-bread sandwiches. You might think that you can't make a vegetarian shawarma, but the recipe below totally delivers. Unlike its sandwich cousin gyros, shawarma is packed full of fragrant spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin and coriander. Top it off with hummus and fresh vegetables, and you've got a tasty sandwich.
2. Vegetarian lentil loaf
If you like to sneak extra vegetables into meatloaf, check out this vegetarian lentil loaf. Puree leftover roasted vegetables and stick 'em in there. You can also add mushrooms, chopped spinach or kale, or frozen peas. It's a way to add nutrition into your diet and get picky eaters to eat their veggies.
3. Vegetarian lentil chili
Lentil and sweet potato chili is the absolute essence of comfort food for cold weather. This vegan dish is so flavorful and filling that even the most hardcore carnivores won't miss the meat. Small brown lentils take the place of ground meat. They provide a similar texture and are a great source of protein.
4. Vegetarian lentil chickpea soup
If you're on the lookout for a vegetarian main dish that's rich in protein and in flavor, you've come to the right place. The recipe below combines chickpeas and two kinds of lentils in an Indian-inspired soup with just the right hint of spice. It doesn't even take that long to make.
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