Lentils are one of earth's first domesticated crops, and are still one of the most widely used pulse in existence. They have a relatively short planting and harvesting time and can grow well even in poor soil. They are easily dried and stored for long periods of time, and are quick to prepare.

Lentils are a "cinchy" way to add fiber and protein to your diet without adding fat or calories. Its hearty flavor goes a long way to satisfy your "meat tooth," so if you're looking for a way to a) go veggie or eat less meat, b) improve your diet dramatically, c) eat well for less money or d) dine your way to happiness, wealth and beauty, you can't find a better dish for yourself than a heaping helping of lentils.