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Breakfast Lentil Scramble
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A delightful nutritious, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free dish that can be enjoyed at breakfast or any other time of the day!
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 202 kcal
Author: @dietitian_mom
  • 1 cup cooked red lentils, drained [178 g]
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup onion, thinly sliced [28 g]
  • 1 cup chopped Cremini mushrooms [67 g] (or white button mushrooms)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup diced tomato [70 g]
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil (or 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach [25 g] (optional)
Seasoning for the red lentils:
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook the red lentils (If you already have leftover cooked lentils prepared, skip to step 2) following the directions here.

  2. Meanwhile, heat up the half tablespoon of oil in a saucepan or skillet on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, sauté the onions in the oil for a minute, then add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes or until caramelized. 

  3. When the lentils are cooked, take out one cup’s worth and add the seasonings (cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper) to this drained amount. Stir to mix in the seasonings.

  4. Using a wooden spatula, move the chopped mushrooms and onions mixture to the side of the saucepan and pour the remaining half tablespoon of oil on the empty side of the saucepan. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes or until the garlic turns golden.

  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and the dried or fresh basil to the garlic and stir quickly, cooking for 1-2 minutes until the tomato pieces soften. 

  6. Add the seasoned cooked lentils to the tomato mixture, and stir to combine. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to heat up the lentils.

  7. Combine the lentil tomato mixture with the mushrooms and onions. Stir all together. Once heated through, add the chopped spinach leaves (optional). Stir and cook for another 2 minutes until the spinach leaves are just wilted. Taste and adjust seasonings (you may add a bit more salt and pepper if you desire!). Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Lentil Scramble
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Potassium 685mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 34.3%
Vitamin C 17.1%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.