Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables


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After a tear-jerker post about a deceased relative I miss

…and a post about Va-ja-jays and ta-ta’s

…it’s time to get back to some regularly scheduled programming.

Here’s a one pot, gluten free, vegan meal recipe that is ready in less than 30 minutes, makes planned leftovers, costs next to nothing, and is hearty and satisfying.  How’s that for killing seven two birds with one stone?

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables


Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables


1 c dry Lentils

1.5 c Salsa (I used a small jar of Pace)

1 Tbsp Chipotle seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)

1 Tbsp Sugar (optional)

1 c diced Vegetables (I used carrots and broccoli stalks)


Cook 1 cup dry lentils with 2 cups water on stovetop (Bring the lentils and water to a boil, then cover and reduce heat).  Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until about 85% of the water has been cooked off.

Add the remaining ingredients.

Stir, cover, and cook for another 10-15 minutes.



Here’s a visual guide of the process

Ingredients for Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

Water + Lentils.  Boil, reduce heat & cover

Lentils in pot of water

After 15 minutes, 85% of the water is gone

Lentils cooking in pot of water

Add everything else, stir, simmer (covered) for 10-15 minutes

Chopped Vegetables

Remaining ingredients added to lentils

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables mixed together

Plate & Serve

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables in white dish with fork

Close up of plated Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

This was easy, fast, cheap meal when served next to a fresh green salad.  Filling, hearty, satisfying.  30 Minute Meals anyone?

Dished up Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables with fork digging in

The salsa was a nice way to season the lentils because on their own, I find lentils to be quite bland and can even be “earthy” tasting.

Scott had no idea he was eating lentils.  His comment, “Whatever that was that you made was actually good.”  He grew up a meat and potaotes guy so the fact that he dines on nooch (15 recipes here), raw vegan chocolate mousse made with avocado, and lentils, well, he’s come a long way.  I’ll take an “acutally good” any day.

Overhead of Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables with fork digging in

If you’ve never cooked with lentils before, just make sure to not overcook them.  Red lentils cook very fast and can turn to mush easily and you can end up with (unplanned) lentil soup on your hands, quickly.

Green and black lentils take longer to cook, but this whole meal, from start to finish, was done in 30 minutes.

Close up of Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables in white dish

The added veggies gave some color, a bit of extra texture and crunch, and more fiber.  Not that the lentils on their own are hurting in the fiber department.

Fork digging into Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

And planned leftovers are music to my working mommy ears.

Leftover Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables in clear container

Overhead of leftovers in container

Need other one-pot meal ideas?

Maybe Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Veggies

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans & Mixed Veggies in white dish with fork

Check out This Post for more One Pot Recipes

From my last post about going to the doctor, specifically going to the gyno, thanks for chiming in about your own experiences with going and with monthly self-breast exams.  Not exactly on the top of everyone’s to do list, but as I mentioned, it’s one aspect of staying healthy.  Being proactive about our health and preventative care just makes sense to me given how much we all care about other aspects of healthy living like food and exercise choices.

Maybe you’d like to wash your lentils down with brownies.  I know some people who’ve tried beans or lentils in their brownies.  I haven’t gone that far, yet.

Raw Vegan Brownies are as far as I’ve gone.

Raw Vegan Brownies


1. Do you like lentils?

I used to love buying lentil salads at WFs.  Haven’t wasted money like that done that in years, though.  I just make my own now.

2. Favorite way to prepare them?

I don’t cook with them that frequently but I need to start using them more because this was a fast, family-friendly, cheap, vegan meal.

Christine has been sprouting them.  That’s next on my to-try list.

3. Anything fun or exciting happen for you today?

I got a package in the mail I was waiting for.  Will be posting about it, soon.

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  1. This was delicious! I really enjoy lentils but haven’t had any recipes that were very exciting. This was full of flavor and the hubs really liked it too!
    I am a little bummed because I was going to make the carribean PB rice dish but made this one instead because I couldn’t find the carribean citrus mrs dash at the grocery store (I went to about 5 different places none the less!). I now will have to wait since I think I will have to order the mrs dash onlilne!
    I also made the raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls – love them! No one could have just 1.

    1. So glad you made this and really enjoyed it and also the cookie dough balls, too! Yay for two successes!

      As for the arribean citrus mrs dash…don’t go out of your way for it, seriously. ANY SEASONING blend will do. Really, it’s not a biggie. The original Mrs. Dash or really any garden-variety McCormick’s, TJ’s 21 Salute seasoning, or any seasoning blend that’s not ridiculously potent with garlic or onions (and don’t pick an Indian seasoning, i.e. no curry) but aside from that, just use whatever. Don’t let the seasoning stand in your way of making the recipe!

  2. I like lentils a lot!

    The hubby and I are doing a 1 week vegan challenge this week!!!!!! I am going to make some of your recipes :-)

  3. I love lentils and will usually throw them in my chili. Thanks for another easy, delicious looking recipe!

    Tonight we are going to a Valentine’s Day dance which is a fundraiser for the kids school. Looking forward to it!

  4. Lentils!!! Yum! I love them….and your salsa/chipotle idea….I have some Chipotle Mrs. Dash in my cupboard…I like to use it in my raw dehydrated crackers…
    I like green, red or brown lentils….I just ate some tonight using Sue Gregg’s recipe for Lentil Rice Casserole..find it here..
    I just leave out the cheese…
    I like to make a salad sprout mix with red and green lentils, alfalfa, broccoli and radish sprouts. I just make a mix of them in keep it in a ball jar in the fridge…One T. sprouts about 1 1/2 c. sprouts.
    I sprout the green ones and make a recipes from The Complete Book Of Raw Foods for Lentil Salad.
    The red ones are mushy but I like them and make a soup with them…I add 2 cans of green chilies, red bell peppers, shredded carrots, onion, garlic, salt…and some brown rice pasta for the last 8-10 mins of cooking~you could use brown or green ones with this recipe.
    love the new blog design…it is beautiful!!! and so is your pic!

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  6. Just made this, SOOO good and SOO easy!! I left out the Chipotle because I didnt have any, its my new favorite thing :D

  7. This looks like a great fast meal, lentils are one of my fave ingredients for busy weeknights. Awesome job! True on leftovers, I had my leftover lentil stew for lunch today.

    1. Yes, very much so because they’re so cheap and versatile.
    2. Thanks for the shout out, sprouting them was fun. :-) Also in stews and I’ve yet to try them in homemade lentil burgers.
    3. Not yet, more business at work, but running smoother than yesterday and that’s a good thing!

  8. I love one-pot meals; Phil doesn’t though. I love to sprout lentils: it’s so easy to do, they love to sprout! Even if you’re cooking them, I think it’s worth doing–makes the nutrients more available, removes the phytase-inhibitors, they cook faster, etc…

    Being Middle-eastern, lentils are totally up my alley–unfortunately, I think they may hurt my my tummy last few times I’ve tried (cooked anyway–sprouted raw seems ok, but not as tasty)–but black beans, white beans, etc, are great.

    That’s cool that you can insert a ‘printer friendly’ version right into your blog post!

  9. Wow, this might be one of the quickest, simplest recipes I’ve ever seen that still passes the filling and satisfying test. I’ll have to make this some time when I don’t feel up to making something complicated. It looks delicious!

  10. omg i love love lentils!!! i make curried lentils, lentil stew, lentil salad! i put the curry and lentils over basmati rice. so so good!!

  11. I’ve never cooked lentils but I actually just bought the same bag you have pictured. I bought them for a recipe of ‘snobby joes’ but, I may be more inclined to try your one pot meal instead! I def don’t like mush foods, so that makes me a touch nervous.

    Nothing exciting today! Happy to be home with my family and not traveling for work.

    1. i almost made snobby joes but the salsa was just as easy. dont over cook, follow my directions, and you will NOT have mush. promise.

  12. I really do enjoy lentils, I made a soup not that long ago with lentils and it was quite the thick soup!! haha.

  13. HI! I’ve missed your posts! This looks totally delicious! I love using salsa as a sauce and seasoning device for bean or bean and rice dishes! This looks fantastic! And I loved the size of that pace salsa- they should sell it in that size. We just got home from our trip! I will finally have a post up tomorrow morning!

  14. Looks like another winning 1 pot dish :)

    I’ve only ever had & cooked red lentils. But I would be willing to try the other kinds.
    Haven’t tried sprouting them, but do sprout other things, so that seems like it would be good to try.

  15. I’m not super into lentils. I like the red ones that get all mushy. BUt, I am way into chipotle and southwestern anything and everything. I need that Mrs. Dash!

    I loved your post on the gyno FYI. I go every year, and I was shocked a ouple yrs ago when they told me that they don’t do breast exams anymore! WHAT?!?!?! Nope – not for women under 30. Stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    1. these are NOTHING like red. I hate red b/c i hate mush and i think red turns to mush in a heartbeat.

      the recommendations for paps and breast exams have been altered and changed so many times in recent yrs. There was a huge bru haha over pap and breast (both mammogram and self check) recommendations. Just about the time women were truly getting on board with it all…20+ yrs in the making of advocating screenings, they said….we dont need to do it as often. Major set back IMO…common sense must prevail!

  16. You know what’s crazy? I don’t really like lentils, I’ve never tried then in a dish I liked :(
    Oh well!!

    This is the last comment for me from awhile!!! Adios dear Averie!! :)

  17. hi averie!

    one pot meals = a big hit for me! :-)

    i love lentils. i used red ones in soups (my apricot lentil soup is a hit with my husband) and the green and brown ones in cold salads. I have to, have to try a warm brown/green lentil dish. Mama Pea posted her lentil sloppy joes recently and OMG they look AMAZING!

    here’s a neat saying: instead of “kill two birds with one stone” say “feed to birds with one scone”. ;-)

    anything exciting happen to me today? well, it’s still to early to tell! yesterday was awesome: spent the morning outside in the sun (trudging through a foot of snow and -20C weather) but saw mini horses, which made me SMILE!

    happy thursday!


  18. You read my mind with this recipe! I have some leftover lentils in my fridge and was in need of some inspiration! I usually make lentil soup, “snooby joe’s” or lentil-walnut pates!

    1. i have wanted to make snobby joes for years and never have! I was almost going to make them..but then i had the salsa on hand so went with that. But it was an almost snobby joe day.

  19. I got a package too! I’ve been a good girl and didn’t splurge on January sales, I bought just a couple of real practical el cheapo items (patting my own back) so I got a 50% reduced bag from the internet. Leather, should last a while, and in the cheap end even before reductions, so I’m ok with that. Plus I found a place that sells most of the health stuff I buy, like ghee and tofu, which I usually pick up from all over the place, plus they ship for free if I order more than a pretty small amount, so double whammy in the mail! Groceries delivered to the door plus something I’ve waited for years to buy = thursday bliss.

    Big event at work today, so I’ve been here for a couple of hours and staying until tonight. Right now it’s quiet before the storm…

    Love lentils! I just can’t tolerate them right now, so I prefer not to think about my favorite way of eating them, haha ;-)

  20. Love lentils this recipe (like all the rest of yours) looks really good-total comfort food w/o the puffy stuffed feeling!

  21. I like lentils but I don’t think I have ever prepared them myself — for some reason they intimidate me. I love your one pot meals, they look so easy and I love easy clean up!

    True Blood dvds are being delivered from Netflix today — I’m excited to watch an episode or two tonight!

  22. You know, I’ve NEVER made lentils…gasp!

    Ill have to put this on my “To Do” list :) But – I did make the mango dish last night for dinner….YUM! My (almost) 8 year old gobbled it up…but my 4 1/2 year old didn’t really touch it. Getting her to eat a more vegan diet has been a challenge. But, I’m sure when she’s 100 years old with the energy of a 30 year old, she’ll thank me :)

    Oh and something exciting about today? (Just in…) My 4 1/2 year old showed me that she finished her spinach, mixed berry, and banana smoothie :) THAT’S exciting :)

    1. the mango dish….well, just keep trying. my theory too with kids is that just keep offering. And to be blunt, they will eventually get hungry and eat what is served :)

  23. I cooked lentil burgers a few years back. They took hours from start to finish and were less than delicious. I should try again some time with a different recipe.
    This 30-minute meal of yours looks wonderful. My husband is a lot like your husband. He threw me for a loop last night–He thought “risotto” was an ingredient that goes IN the risotto. haha We gotta love those meat-loving guys for all their effort! :-D

    1. yes super fast.

      nothing like making lentil or bean burgers which ive tried in the past….they take forever and the taste was sub-par for the hubs and for me, i dont like burgers enough to care :) we’re on the same wavelength with the burgers.

  24. I love lentils too, but always seem to forget about them when I think of something to cook, thanks for the reminder sounds yummy!! I don’t think I have tried mexican flavors. I tried your vegan slaw dressing it reminds me so much of broccli salads which I no longer eat bc of the bacon and non vegan dressing.

  25. I’ve only made lentils once, haha. Yeah, I suck. Soaking/cooking things for that long both intimidates and bores me…I’ve heard you can get them canned though? Maybe I should try that…

    YESTERDAY I had something exciting to me…dinner at Candle. Can never have too much dessert from that place!

    1. I didnt soak. I opened a package, poured them into the water, boiled, and in 30 mins, the entire meal was ready!

  26. Today is my first day back to running outdoors and not in a gym in over 6 months. I have decided to try to save some money. I hope it all goes well :)

  27. Haven’t had lentil salad in ages; now I want one. So expensive to buy pre-made, but so cheap and easy to fix at home. Must do.

    Usual Thursday schedule for me: Boot-camp this morning, some time at home, then work this afternoon. Which may or may not be fun and exciting; we’ll see!

  28. i cooked a lentil recipe from ED&BV last week – turned out great. love YOUR recipe above as it is quicker!!! if your scott loves it, i’m bettin my husband will eat it, too!
    thanks for pointing out that red lentils cook faster – i did not know.
    can’t wait to see what you received in the mail!!!

  29. One-pot meals are the best! They make student life so much easier:) Slash lentils are one of my favorites, I love making a big pot of them and storing them in the fridge (plain) and then doing single servings when I want them and mixing with salsa, marinara sauce, applesauce, or balsamic vinegar and then mixing with a grain and some raisins. It’s my favorite combo!:)