Lentilicious Sunshine Spread
Nov 9, 2012
Linda Watson in TOP 10, beans, gluten free, lentils, low fat, red lentils, sandwiches, slow cooker, vegan

Say bye-bye to boring baloney and busted budgets with this multi-purpose spread that's positively lentil-licious! Sunshine Spread is like a low-fat homemade hummus packed with flavor that takes less time to cook and no food processor to wash. It's so good that the folks who try it gaze up at the sky with delight, so easy that you can make it even on a busy weeknight.

It's shown below on homemade toasted Good Whisk Bread with a simple slaw of grated carrots and purple cabbage. If you're not going going to be breathing on your top client or favorite sweetheart right after, make it even better with thin slices of purple onion.

vegan low-fat lentil spread with carrots and purple cabbage on homemade bread


Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 90 minutes Makes: 3 cups. Oil free, gluten free, vegan.



  1. Put all ingredients except lemon in a slow cooker. Cover and cook until lentils fall apart, about 90 minutes on high or three hours on low (Slow cookers vary a lot, but it's hard to overcook this recipe.) The lentils naturally change color from orange-red to yellow.
  2. Stir lemon juice and zest into lentils. Taste and adjust seasonings. It thickens as it cools.
  3. Serve Lentilicious Sunshine Spread as you would hummus: hot on baked potatoes or roasted vegetables, at room temperature or chilled as a spread in sandwiches or wraps, and at any temperature as a dip. Keeps in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for a year.


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