Spicy Red Lentils with Spinach & Orange Juice

Spicy Red Lentils with Spinach and Orange Juice

Did you know Canada leads the world’s production of lentils? Lentils are a type of legume and are loaded with fibre and protein. Lentils also contain slow-digesting resistant starch that delays the absorption of carbohydrates and help with managing blood sugars. Lentils are a source of prebiotics that promote gut health.

Red or orange lentils are ready in about 10 minutes and cook much faster compared to green lentils. This makes red lentils a perfect ingredient for quick healthy meals.

In this recipe red lentils’ soft texture brings you a comfort food that you’ll want to make again and again. Enjoy as a main dish, it’s loaded with nutrients, including protein and fibre from lentils.

  • Vegan and Vegetarian
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time:  15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


• 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
•1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
• 1 cup red lentils
• 1 cup Orange juice
• 2 cups broth or water
• 1 pound (450 g) fresh spinach chopped or 1 pack (300 g) frozen spinach thawed
• Ground black pepper and pinch of salt to taste.

Prepare your ingredients


  1. In a large sauce pot over medium-low heat, sauté the garlic, onion and chili flakes in 2 Tbs of the olive oil until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the lentils and stir to coat with the oil. Increase the heat to medium-high and stir in the orange juice and broth (or water).
  3. Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 15 minutes (add more water if necessary).
  4. Stir in the spinach and continue to simmer until it’s tender, about 2 minutes.
  5. Season with ground black pepper and a pinch of salt to taste. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper for more spice.

Cook’s Tip

1 pound (450 gram) fresh spinach cooks down to 1.5 cups drained and is about the same as a 300g (10 ounce)  frozen package of spinach.

Inspired by Kate Sherwood, Nutrition Action Healthletter