Barbecue Lentil Bowls

Barbecue Lentil Bowls
Created By: Alissa, Oh My Veggies
Use: Madeline French Green Lentils
Yields: 4 servings
30-minutes or less, Vegan

Vegan Barbecue Lentil Bowls
Recipe and photo courtesy of Alissa, Oh My Veggies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

1 cup dried green lentils, picked through and rinsed
4 cups water
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the veggies:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 medium-large portabella mushroom caps (about 12 ounces), gills scraped and sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1/4 cup barbecue sauce

For serving:
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
Salt and pepper
4 cups loosely packed baby kale
1 large ripe avocado, sliced
Sliced green onions and/or chopped cilantro, for garnish
Additional barbecue sauce, for drizzling

Cook the lentils:

Add the lentils and water to a medium saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain off any excess water then return the lentils to the pot. Stir in the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Cook the veggies:
Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium high-heat. When the oil is hot, add in the mushrooms and red pepper. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until tender and starting to brown. Remove from the heat and add to a medium bowl, along with the barbecue sauce. Toss to combine.

For serving:
Set the same skillet back over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. When warm, add in the cabbage and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, for about 2 minutes, until softened slightly but still crisp. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

To assemble, add 1 cup of the baby kale to a bowl. Top with some of the lentils, the veggies, the cabbage, avocado and green onions/cilantro. Drizzle with extra barbecue sauce and serve.

Slice the mushrooms and bell pepper in between ¼ to ½ inch in thickness. These bowls can be made vegan by selecting a vegan brand of barbecue sauce.

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