Beans & Lentils

The Secret to a Better Lentil Salad — Tips from The Kitchn

For the longest time, I struggled with lentils. I used to think, Give me chickpeas, white beans, or really any kind of bean before lentils any day. I never felt they tasted like much, even after I cooked and spiced them lovingly in the kitchen.

I wanted to be the girl who ate, and enjoyed, lentil salads, but I really just couldn't get there. After many attempts I gave up, and haven't had a bag of the legumes in my pantry for years. Well, it turns out I was preparing them wrong all those times: I should have been marinating those lentils.

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Recipe: Honey-Roasted Sprouts with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Brussels sprouts and honey might not be the most obvious pairing, but once you've tasted this spunky little food combo, you will not look back! The sweetness of the honey perfectly tempers the mustardy undertones of the sprouts. Combined with this nourishing, spiced quinoa and lentil pilaf, this is a hearty salad bowl you will crave time and time again.

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15 Delicious Recipes with Dried Beans — Recipes from The Kitchn

I find dried beans to be some of the most beautiful foods in the pantry. The red and white whorls of Good Mother Stallard, the creamy pale green of flageolet and Vallarta, and even the modestly speckled pinto bean all have unique, enticing beauty. Those individual characteristics fade in the cooking pot, but they are replaced by rich flavor.

Here are 15 recipes (many vegetarian) that celebrate the humble dried bean. From polenta and borlotti with tomato sauce to the best baked beans you'll ever eat, we think you'll like at least one of these.

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What’s the Difference Between Brown, Green, and Red Lentils? — Ingredient Intelligence

A handful of lentils is perfect for rounding out a soup or making a salad just a little more filling. They come in brown, green, red, and all shades in between, and we love trying a new kind whenever we come across one! Ever wonder if the color or specific variety really makes a difference?

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I grew up eating my grandmother's split pea soup, and it's one of the first things I learned to cook when I moved away from home. For this version, I omitted one harder-to-find ingredient so I can make it without a trip to a specialty store!

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25 Ways to Turn Lentils into Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you're searching for a way to add more meatless protein to your dinner roster, look no further than lentils. The affordable, quick-cooking legume packs one serious protein punch and is incredibly versatile. From soups and salads to braises and bakes, here are 25 delicious ways to bring lentils to your dinner table.

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