Lentils – another member of the legume family – are a must-have pantry staple. They’re very affordable, filling, last a LONG time and are packed with nutrients.
What’s the difference between dry beans and lentils? First, lentils don’t need to be soaked in water before they’re cooked. Also, they cook in a fraction of the time compared to a pot of beans.
Like beans, lentils are full of fiber. This means satisfying meals, blood sugar control and food for health gut bacteria. They’re also full of protein, making them a healthy swap for meat.
Our recently shared 15 Favorite Bean Recipes were a hit – we knew you’d be ready to put your beans to use! Now it’s time to check out our favorite yummy lentil recipes.
Lentil Nuggets with Sweet & Sour Sauce – A kid-friendly, fiber-packed finger food with a flavorful sweet and sour sauce. These are also great stuff into a pita or added to a salad.
Simple Lentil Patties – Easy-to-make patties with lots of flavor. Make these your own by adding your favorite toppings.
One-pot Lentil Curry – Nutrient-filled and bursting with flavor! A one-pot curry made with sweet potatoes, apple and ginger.
Whole Grains for the Week – Whip up this whole grains recipe every Sunday to add to your meals throughout the week. It saves time, energy and adds a fiber-filled nutritious component.
Red Bean & Lentil Tacos – Nutrient-dense taco recipe with lentils, red blend and a burst of Mexican flavor!
Savory Lentil Cups – Lentils, veggies and BBQ sauce come together to create a flavorful and filling meal. A creative way to add more great-for-you legumes in your diet.
Pineapple & Lentil Stuffed Peppers – Serve these beautiful and yummy peppers on their own, over a bed of leafy greens or over cooked whole grain.
Lentil Amaze-balls – Lentil balls with a ton of flavor and meaty texture. Pair with whole grain noodles and pasta sauce or simply enjoy as a finger food!
Oatmeal Raisin Bites – Whole-food, plant-based oatmeal raisin cookies made with lentils (yes, really!), dates and oats. No added sugar or fat. Loaded with filling fiber!