Looking for new ideas for delicious, nutritious, quick-cooking and budget-conscious meals?
Make lentils your go-to legume.
One of the first foods ever cultivated, lentils have never really entered the mainstream of American cuisine. But that may be changing.
Flip through the index of “The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook” by Erin Chase (St. Martin’s Griffin) and you’ll count nine recipes featuring lentils, including lentil meatloaf. Lentils are a smart choice for penny-pinching cooks: Chase estimates a cup of brown lentils costs just 40 cents.
“Gourmet Today” by Ruth Reichl (Houghton Mifflin) offers 11 recipes with lentils, including lentils with curried butternut squash and walnuts, a combination for anyone who craves “memorably seasoned” dishes.
The Star’s Spicy Lentils With Turkey Sausage is just such a memorable dish, seasoned with the subtle heat of cayenne and jalapeño pepper and the smoky flavor of low-fat turkey sausage.
Lentils contain more protein than any other vegetable besides soybeans. Lentils are an excellent source of folate, a very good source of fiber and a good source of iron.