Looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal that is also flavorful and delicious?  Look no further!  Meatless Monday has a new fan favorite…. Lentils & Vegetables in Peanut Sauce.  This is a vegan / vegetarian meal that’s packed with fresh vegetables and protein.  I chose some of my favorite veggies to use in this dish, but you can add any veggies you like.  You can add mushrooms, squash, snap peas, you name it!

The peanut sauce is what really brings it all together.  It’s bursting with flavor and is rich and creamy.  I think it tasted great when coated on the veggies or when mixes with some white rice.  So good!  And this dish comes together in about 20 minutes.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by adding the peanut butter, ginger, garlic, soy sauce (or tamari), lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, sriracha, cayenne, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and coconut milk to a blender.  Blend until smooth and set aside.

Add water and the lentils to a pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.  Let the lentils cook for about 10 minutes or until tender.  They may burst open and that’s ok!  Drain the lentils and set aside.

Next, chop all your vegetables.

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minute or less.

Add the bell peppers and carrots, and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.  If you are using other vegetables, you can add them at this time.  You want to make sure you add the “harder” vegetables early enough that they have enough time to soften, so adjust the cooking time if needed.

Add the zucchini and basil and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Pour the peanut sauce into the skillet and mix to coat the vegetables.  Let the sauce warm through for about 2 minutes.  This will also help the vegetables absorb some of the yummy sauce.

Then, add the lentils and stir to combine.  Let the mixture warm through for about 5 minutes over low heat.

Serve warm over a bed of white or brown rice.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

Dinner is prepared and on the table in about 20 minutes.  No more late-night meals, no more hours in the kitchen, just a simple meal that will fill you up.

Happy Cooking!

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