Have dinner on the table in a flash with these quick lentil recipes.
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Spiced Lentils with Mushrooms and Greens. Photo © Tina Rupp
Credit: © Tina Rupp

When it comes to lentils, there's a lot to love. Hearty and delicious, they absorb flavors from other foods and seasonings and can be used in everything from soups to salads. While they can take hours of simmering, there are ways to quickly prepare lentils for an easy meal, too. Here are four fast lentil recipes to try now.

1. Spiced Lentils with Mushrooms and Greens

Spiced Lentils with Mushrooms and Greens. Photo © Tina Rupp
Credit: © Tina Rupp

Eat these stewy lentils as a light lunch or serve alongside roasted cauliflower with raisins.

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2. Red Lentil and Chicken Curry

Red Lentil & Chicken Curry
Credit: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Spiced with fragrant curry powder, this stew of rich red lentils and chunks of chicken makes a delicious entrée.

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3. Tortilla Soup with Lentils

Tortilla Soup With Lentils
Credit: © Molly Yeh

This warming, thick soup is great for cold winter days, and takes just 45 minutes to make. A combination of lentils and sausage makes it nice and hearty.

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4. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lentils and Dates

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lentils and Dates
Credit: © Line Klein

Main-course salads are perfect for light dinners. This one is packed with lentils, almonds, and plenty of spice-roasted cauliflower, making a satisfying meal.

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