Green lentils should be one of the staples in your pantry as this legume is amazing. Lentils are tasty, low-calorie, healthy, easy to cook, and extremely nutritious. They are one of the best non-meat sources of iron and protein. This legume needs little time to cook and can fit any dish. As they don’t have much of a taste on their own, green lentils go well with sauces and spices. They are also a common ingredient in gluten-free baking as lentil flour is highly nutritious and makes for a good wheat substitute.
There are three commonly used types of lentils. Red split lentils cook extremely fast but they are only fit for puree. Brown lentils are the most common and have a distinctive earthy flavor. Natural green lentils taste a bit more peppery and are perfect for salads. They also hold their shape quite well when cooked, so you can use them in a chili or stew.