Pumpkin and Cranberry Lentils with Sun dried Tomatoes and Spinach

It’s a manic Monday and I’m posting like crazy! The fall colors are fully exploding outside and we all know that makes me feel creative and ready to cook! So with cool breezes blowing through my cracked window and a cinnamon spice candle burning, I started cooking! I’m not one to waste so I decided to make my ingredients into two completely different dishes. One, a quick and savory lunch, the other a healthy dessert/ breakfast option! Is it possible? To use the same main ingredients and make two opposite dishes? Why of course it is! Lunch comes before dessert so I’m posting my lentil recipe first!

Pumpkin and Cranberry Lentils with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Prep time: 35 mins. Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 cup of red split lentils
2 green onions
1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
1/3 cup of sun dried tomatoes
2 oz of Muenster cheese
1 cup of whole raw spinach
1 cup of fresh cranberries, cooked
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 full tsp. seasoning salt
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. garlic powder
Cook cranberries first in 2 cups of water, until the berries soften and pop-about 10 mins. While the cranberries are cooking, place lentils in a sauce pan and cover with water. Cook on a medium hight heat until the lentils are soft and fluffy-also about 10 minutes.
While the lentils and cranberries are simmering, chop green onion and spinach and place in a blender. Add in sun dried tomatoes. Let them sit in the blender until the cranberries are finished. Drain most of the water from the cranberries but leave about 1/2 inch in the pot. Using your measuring cup, scoop 1 cup of cranberries out of the pot and add to the blender. Blend the greens, tomatoes and cranberries until everything is chopped up well.
Drain excess water from the lentils. They don’t need to be fully drained, a little extra water will just make them creamier. Stir in greens/cranberry mixture, pumpkin purée, cheese, Dijon mustard and seasoning until well blended. Keep over low heat until the cheese is fully melted.
There you have it! Another easy lunch that is tangy, creamy, hearty and practically will make you crave a green salad along side it! Your Monday just got better. You’re welcome for that;)

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