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Want to save money and eat healthier foods? Give lentils a try. Lentils are a delicious, low-cost substitute for meat; they cook quickly and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.
Lentils can be an important part of a healthy eating plan for people who are following a vegetarian diet, looking to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, or manage diabetes.
Lentils come in different sizes, colours, and shapes. They may be whole, split into halves, dried or canned. People from South Asia generally refer to lentils as dahl, a type of stew. Experiment with different types of lentils in your favourite dishes. Which of these lentils do you want to try?
Beluga lentils (black)
Dried lentils often cost less than canned ones. However, canned lentils are still a good buy and can save you a lot of time. Just open the can, rinse for a few minutes and add them to your dish.
Compare brand name, no name and bulk store prices. If you have room to store them, buy extra canned or dried lentils when they are on sale.
New to cooking lentils? Give this a try. Use French (brown) or whole green lentils because they keep their shape after they are cooked.
Try this recipe: Red lentil daal
Add fibre and save money by replacing some of the meat in recipes (like in meatloaf or meat sauce) with puréed lentils. Use them to thicken soups and stews as well. Here's how:
Try this: Quinoa and lentil pilaf
A tostado is a tortilla with toppings (beans, meats, cheese) that is broiled until crispy (like an open-faced sandwich). They are simple to make and kids can help too.
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