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We recently shared a lentil based filling for tacos. Based on the responses we realised that a lot of people don’t really know lentils and appear intimidated by them. Today we’re sharing a little bit more about lentils.

 

First off, let’s talk about the different types of lentils – red, brown and green.

 

Red lentils – they’re actually orange in colour! Red lentils cook in half the time compared to other varieties. They disintegrate when cooked so they’re not suitable for more lentil recipes. However, this does make them ideal as a thickener for soups and stews.

Brown, green or black lentils – these all look slightly different but can all be used in the same way. The retain their shape and do take a little longer to cook. Use them for hot or cold dishes. Lentil cottage pie, vegetable moussaka, burgers, lentil salad – the list goes on.

Lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. They’re highly recommended for a vegetarian diet.

Split or not? if they’re “half” as in the pictures, they’re split and take half the time to cook. A whole lentil takes a little longer.

 

Have fun experimenting with lentils. Try them in your favourite meat dish as a meat alternative. Make healthy salads for summer using lentils as a base. Don’t be afraid to try a lentil based soup or stew.

 

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