How to Easily Prepare Lentils for a Delightful Breakfast

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Christina Flores

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Lentils for Breakfast: A Nutritious and Delicious Start to Your Day

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Steps to Cook:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Drain any excess liquid if necessary.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until translucent.

  3. Add the minced garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

  4. Add the cooked lentils to the skillet and stir to incorporate the spices and onions. Reduce heat to low and keep the lentil mixture warm.

  5. In a separate skillet, cook the eggs to your desired doneness, whether that’s sunny-side up, over-easy, or scrambled.

  6. To serve, divide the lentil mixture evenly among four bowls. Top each portion with a fried or scrambled egg, a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and sliced avocado (if using). Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

Cook’s Note:

  • For a creamier texture, you can mash some of the lentils with a fork or potato masher before adding them to the skillet.
  • Swap out the vegetable or chicken broth for water if you prefer a more neutral flavor.
  • Try adding other vegetables, such as diced bell peppers or spinach, to the lentil mixture for additional nutrients and flavor.
  • Experiment with different spice blends, such as curry powder or smoked paprika, to change up the flavor profile.
  • This dish can be made ahead of time and reheated in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast.

Lentils are a nutrient-dense legume that make for a fantastic breakfast option. They are packed with protein, fiber, and an array of essential vitamins and minerals. In this recipe, the lentils are simmered in broth and then sautéed with aromatic spices, creating a flavorful and satisfying base for the dish.

The addition of fried or scrambled eggs provides a boost of protein and a creamy texture that complements the lentils perfectly. The fresh parsley adds a bright, herbaceous note, while the sliced avocado (if using) contributes healthy fats and a smooth, buttery flavor.

This recipe is not only nutritious but also incredibly versatile. You can customize it to suit your personal taste preferences by adjusting the spices, adding different vegetables, or experimenting with various cooking methods for the eggs. It’s a great way to start your day with a hearty and nourishing meal that will keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the morning.

Whether you’re looking to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet or simply seeking a delicious and wholesome breakfast option, this Lentils for Breakfast recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your household.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!