Quick Braised Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale

The last of summer tomatoes enliven this dish and, when blistered, add sweetness and brightness. Fall kale is plentiful this time of year, and pairs well with earthy lentils and crumbled goat cheese. To save time with this recipe, buy pre-cooked lentils, which can be found at many upscale markets....

Quick Chickpea Biryani

Biryani is a fragrant and flavorful rice dish hailing from India, and varies greatly from region to region. This version is vegan and features chickpeas as the protein, minimizing the cooking time significantly....

Lentil Salad with Roasted Carrots and Labneh

The earthy taste of lentils goes perfectly with the earthiness of root vegetables. Carrots, roasted to a caramel sweetness, seem to be a particularly felicitous match....

Prawn Dhansak

The red lentils in this dish cook down to a mush, though you could add more robust lentils for a bit of a bite. Anglo-Indian restaurants often use canned pineapple to add sweetness, but butternut squash or pumpkin is more usual in Indian recipes, and it lends an extra creamy texture and a less aggressive sweetness to the lentils....

Italian Tomato, Lentil, and Bacon Soup

I couldn’t get enough of this soup the first time my Italian zia lifted a big pot of it from her stove, and it is still one of my family’s favorite suppers — rich, filling, and tasty enough to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and, if served with a loaf of crusty bread, the perfect one-pot meal for when the nights start drawing in....

Simple Chestnut Soup

It’s a delicate puree of boiled and peeled chestnuts, celery, carrots, onions, and broth....

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

This dish takes just 10 minutes of hands-on time before going into the oven to bake. Mildly spicy and smoky, the quick harissa marinade is easy and simple — just stir it up in a bowl....