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[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

Posted by janethelm
July 07, 2014
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[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

by Janet Helm, MS, RD

 

Lentils are having a moment.

The littlest of legumes are now breaking out of the pack.  Could lentils be the new chickpea?

Lentils were identified as one of the top 10 natural food trends of 2014, and are now appearing in everything from snack chips and crackers to breakfast cereal, pasta and waffles.  Lentil flour has become a popular gluten-free choice for baking.

The lentil trend is catching on due to the growing consumer demand for products high in protein and fiber and free of gluten and soy.  Their ancient Middle Eastern pedigree helps give them an exotic appeal. As a source of plant-based protein, lentils have not only become a favorite of food manufactuers.  Healthy Aperture bloggers have been having lots of fun with lentils -- cooking up lentil burgers, meat balls, sloppy joes, tacos, burritos, quinoa bowls, pizza, pasta, dips, salads, soups, curries and other entrees.  Pictured above is Lentil Quinoa Salad by Veggies Don't Bite.

A member of the pulse family, lentils come in a variety of colors: brown, green, red, black and various shades in between.  They're simple to prepare (no soaking needed like their dry bean cousins) and they're extremely versatile. Plus, each tiny, earthy-tasting morsel is packed with protein, fiber and other nutrients.

Here's a sampling of some of the Healthy Aperture creations with lentils:

Lentil Walnut-Apple Burgers

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

To get the recipe for the Lentil Walnut-Apple Burgers, visit Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen.

Lentil Sloppy Joes 

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

To make these vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes, visit Lemons and Basil.

Lentil Bowls with Middle Eastern Vegetables 

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

The recipe for Lentil Bowls with Middle Eastern Grilled Vegetables can be found at Apples and Sparkle.

Curried Red Lentils and Quinoa Bowl

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

Visit Oh My Veggies to get the recipe for Curried Red Lentil and Quinoa Bowls.

Lentil Salad with Moroccan Coconut Dressing

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

To make the Lentil Salad with Moroccan Coconut Dressing, check out the recipe at ifoodreal.

Creamy Red Lentil and Kale Soup

[Trend Spotlight]  New Love For Lentils

For the recipe, visit Healthy Family and Home.

Looking for more info on lentils?  Check out:

A comprehensive guide to lentils by Oh My Veggies  
Meet the pulses by the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
Lentils by The World's Healthiest Foods 
Five mistakes people make when cooking lentils by Bon Appetit

janethelm

janethelm
Janet Helm is the author of the FOOD TRENDS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian who wears multiple hats – as a public relations executive, blogger and nutrition journalist. Currently, she is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Janet is also the co-founder of Healthy Aperture, founder of Nutrition Blog Network and author of The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook. She blogs at Nutrition Unplugged and for WedMD and is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and nutrition, and a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
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