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Smoky Lentil Bowls

Today's flavor explosion in a bowl features lentils cooked with smoky and savory spices served over quinoa, cabbage and spinach, topped with roasted sweet potatoes and corn and drizzled with a chipotle sauce. This recipe is a perfect and delicious way to keep your New Year's Resolution healthy eating goal.


  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded

  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped

  • Olive oil

  • Fresh juice of one lime

  • 1 pound lentils

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 quart vegetable broth

  • 1 T tomato paste

  • 1 T pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 2 cups dry quinoa

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen

  • Spices: cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper

For the Chipotle Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo (or vegan mayo)

  • 2 T lime juice

  • 2 T olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 2 T cilantro leaves

  • 2 T chipotle in adobo sauce

  • Salt, pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400

  2. Mix shredded cabbage and chopped spinach in a bowl and toss with 1 T olive oil, and dash of salt and lime juice. Set aside

  3. Sauté chopped onions and garlic in olive oil, stir in lentils, 1/2-quart vegetable broth, tomato paste, chipotle and spices- approx 1 teaspoon of cumin, smoke paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and 1/2 t black pepper.

  4. Bring to a boil and then simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Add more liquid (water or broth) to ensure lentils do not dry out

  5. Cook quinoa in broth, or water, according to package directions

  6. Mix sweet potatoes in a bowl with spices and 1 T olive oil. Do the same with corn in another bowl.

  7. Lay veggies on a baking pan, keeping potatoes separate from born, and roast in oven for 30 min.

  8. Prepare chipotle sauce by blending ingredients together

  9. Assemble bowls with 1 cup cabbage/spinach mix, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup lentils, and 1/4 cup each sweet potatoes and corn. Drizzle chipotle sauce on top


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