Easy Ways to Incorporate More Beans and Lentils Into Your Diet


Packed with protein and fiber, legumes provide a wealth of nutrition to your diet – but as versatile and tasty as they are, it can sometimes be hard to come up with new and interesting ways to eat beans and lentils. Enter our new Ancient Harvest Bean and Lentil Pastas, as versatile and easy to cook as traditional pasta (but, of course, without the gluten.) They provide a great way to incorporate more beans and lentils into your diet, as do these fun and nutritious recipes:

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Cranberry-Orange Salsa, Cadry’s Kitchen

Black beans are no stranger to tacos, but they’re usually served alongside. This recipe places them right on center stage, and also features a seasonal salsa that adds a sweet yet savory kick. This dish would make a perfect entrée for your next Meatless Monday, or any day of the week.

Tomato Seafood Stew with Red Lentil Rotelle, Wendy at Fit-and-Frugal.com for Ancient Harvest (pictured)

Punxsutawney Phil spoke loud and clear: The season for hearty soups and stews is not over yet. Beat the chill with this filling and flavorful stew, chockfull of seafood (white fish, shrimp and crabmeat) and our new Ancient Harvest Red Lentil and Quinoa Rotelle.

Vegetarian Quinoa Lentil Loaf, Ashley at EdiblePerspective.com for Ancient Harvest

Another wintertime favorite, this loaf is sure to satisfy vegetarians and omnivores alike. Its unique blend of nuts, vegetables, grains (it has both Ancient Harvest Quinoa and Quinoa Flakes) and seasonings is sure to brighten up even the gloomiest winter’s day.

Red Lentil & Quinoa Cakes with Basil Cream, MindBodyGreen

Like compact, portable versions of our delicious loaf, these cakes would make a wonderful lunch or light (but still filling) dinner. Serve them alongside a salad and let the bright, fresh flavors of the accompanying basil cream sauce carry your taste buds right into spring.

Asian Sesame Ginger Macaroni Salad, Wendy at Fit-and-Frugal.com for Ancient Harvest

Speaking of spring, who’s ready for pasta salad season? Once you try this exotic version, bursting with the flavors of ginger, peanut and fresh lime, you definitely will be. Not only do our Ancient Harvest Black Bean & Quinoa Supergrain Pasta Elbows add heft and nutritional value, but they also give this dish a stunning visual aspect.

Green Lentil Penne Primavera, Wendy at Fit-and-Frugal.com for Ancient Harvest

Rounding out our new pasta line-up is Green Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Pasta Penne, the star of this beautiful springtime dish. By going easy on the extra seasonings, this recipe allows the season’s fresh vegetables to really shine – and since it can be enjoyed either hot or cold, it would make a wonderful addition to a warm-weather picnic basket.

For even more delicious, gluten-free recipes and cooking tips, be sure to check out the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com.