Spicy Red Lentils with Spinach & Orange Juice

Spicy Red Lentils with Spinach & 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.

Spicy Red Lentils with Spinach & Orange Juice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 4-6 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Red lentils
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Broth or Water
  • 1 lb Fresh spinach, chopped
  • Ground Pepper to taste


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 15 minutes (add more water if necessary).
  • Stir in the spinach and continue to simmer until it’s tender, about 2 minutes.
  • 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