WHY THIS MADE THE CUT
If you're considering a plant-based diet and concerned about getting enough protein, lentils have got you covered.
Depending on the variety, a cup of lentils has about 20 grams of protein. To put that in perspective a serving of ground beef has about 15-20 grams. Most nutritional organizations recommend approximately 1/3rd of a gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Figure about 50-70 grams for the average person, maybe more depending on your activity levels and goals. A serving of lentils goes a long way to helping you reach your daily protein requirements.
The benefits of eating lentils go far beyond just the protein, they're also packed full of nutrients including folate, iron, potassium, fiber, B6 and a slew of antioxidants.
Like all legumes, lentils are extremely versatile. Our favorite lentil dish to cook at home is a comforting vegan lentil soup. It's easy to make, stores well and the leftovers taste just as good, if not better.
PLANT60 APPROVED RECIPES
There's so much more you can do with lentils than what you might think. Here's some delicious recipe recommendations from a few of our favorite blogs.
This Vegan Sloppy Joe recipe by Minimalist Baker is out of this world. Just do it. Trust us.
It doesn't get much easier than these Vegan Lentil Tacos from Delish Knowledge.
And last but not least, yours truly tosses out some ideas on how to take your lentil soup game to another level.