While our love for gluten-free ancient grains never fades, here at Ancient Harvest, lentils are definitely having a moment. The delicious and nutritious little legumes can be found throughout our collection of recipes, from grill-ready veggie burgers to flavorful pasta salads. And we’re not just showing love for lentils because they taste good. Lentils promote healthy digestion with their fiber content, they are packed with plant-based protein, and they offer significant amounts of folate, magnesium, antioxidants and other minerals. What’s more, lentils are incredibly easy to prepare and are so versatile that they can be used in just about any savory dish.
Looking for some easy and delicious ways to enjoy lentils for yourself? Try:
Lentils in a soup or stew.
Perhaps one of the most traditional ways to prepare lentils is by adding them to broth and veggies to create a hearty stew or soup. This Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika from Cookin’ Canuck is super flavorful, and it also features another of our favorite legumes.
Lentils are a great way to beef up a summer salad, and we especially enjoy adding them to our favorite quinoa salads to increase the plant-based protein content and complex texture. One example is this tasty and colorful Quinoa Lentil Salad with Crispy Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Shallots from a Spicy Perspective.
Lentil patties, burgers and loafs.
Lentils are frequently used as a substitute for meat in mealtime staples like burgers, patties and loafs. This Vegetarian Quinoa Lentil Loaf by Edible Perspective for Ancient Harvest (pictured above) is hearty enough to satisfy any carnivore, as are these Vegan Lentil Tacos from Delish Knowledge (which use spiced lentils instead of ground taco meat.)
Lentils in a chunky sauce.
Another way to use lentils instead of meat is in a sauce, like this savory Vegan Lentil Bolognese by Fit and Frugal for Ancient Harvest. It’s fantastic over Ancient Harvest Polenta or the gluten-free Supergrain Pasta of your choice.
Looking for an even easier way to reap the nutritional benefits of lentils? You don’t need to have hours to spend in the kitchen, or even a recipe. Two of our three Bean & Lentil Pastas (and all three flavors of our new Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Mac & Cheese) feature the wonderful legume along with quinoa flour to offer the taste, texture and ease of traditional pasta – but with twice the protein and a healthy helping of fiber. Try our Green Lentil & Quinoa Pasta Penne in this Green Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Penne Bake or our Red Lentil & Quinoa Pasta Rotelle in this Feta Alfredo with Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle – or simply boil according to the instructions on the box, and serve with your favorite sauce. Thanks to these new pastas, it’s now that simple to enjoy the adaptable flavor and nutritional power that lentils bring to the table.
For more information on our Bean & Lentil Pastas and other gluten-free products, visit us at AncientHarvest.com.