Spicy Barbecue Lentils

Protein-packed green lentils get a kick from cayenne, barbecue sauce, and pepper. Shredded carrots and onion add veggie power and nutrients. A great part of a vegan lunch or dinner!

Ok guys so I'm trying to be vegan for a month and it's hard. Because - CHEESE.

That's literally the hardest part. Cheese. Well, that and explaining to my friends that I'm being vegan for a month. Case in point, this real conversation I had with my friend Amanda yesterday.
A - Come get tacos with me!
J - Ok!
A - Wait lol jk you can't have tacos you're doing that stupid vegan thing.
J - I can have the Spicy Shroom!
A - Gross.
J - I can have chips and guac!
A - Not tacos.
J - I can still drink!
A - I can't be your friend if you're vegan. I'm from Texas. It's against my religion.

Fair enough, Amanda. But I'm like, the funnest hippest yoga-loving vegan chick around! I can still put back 5 beers on a Tuesday night!* And hopefully my skin will clear up for once in my life and I'll stop buying enough concealer to keep CVS in business! Wouldn't that be nice?!

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*A real thing I did this past Tuesday, on a date with a lovely British boy.

So, I made this bomb barbecue lentil dish to keep in my fridge in case the munchies hit me in a weak moment (read: post-5-beers) and I need something to keep me from calling Uber Eats and buying ALLOFTHEPIZZA.

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Eat them on a bun! Eat them straight! Eat them with chips! Whatever you do, eat them. They're packed with protein, fiber, and SPICE - what could be better?!

Spicy Barbecue Lentils

To make these lentils, you will need:
- 1 cup uncooked green lentils
- 2 cups water
- 1.5 cups carrots, grated
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used bourbon barbecue sauce because alcohol duh)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 1.5 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t black pepper
- 1.5 t cayenne pepper
- 1 t raw (turbinado) sugar

First! Combine your water and lentils in a pot, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, turn the temperature down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, use a food processor to shred the carrots. Set aside.

Try not to cry as you chop half your onion. Set the other half aside for a rainy day.

Heat a large pan over medium heat and add 1 T olive oil. Let the oil get hot (about 30 seconds) and then add the minced onion, salt, and pepper. Sauté until fragrant, as you prep your other ingredients.

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Spices and sauce and sugar, oh my! (<-- name that movie)

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Once the lentils have finished cooking, add them to the onion along with the carrots, spice, and sauce. Stir it all together, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let thicken for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add the mixture back to the food processor and pulse a few times to eliminate any large chunks (my onion chopping skills may need some work...). Then, serve however you please!

I'm eating these for literally every meal until I run out. Sorry, not sorry. They're THAT good.

XOXO,
Jesse