Lentils are a wonderful staple of vegan and vegetarian diets. It’s an irony that something so inexpensive is eaten at New Year’s to bring wealth. It’s true they bring riches – in protein – but they are also one of the cheapest, fastest cooking most nutritious plant-based foods. Lentils don’t need to be soaked and cook in as little as 20 minutes (no need to buy canned!), and are absolute flavor sponges. Learn more about the different kinds of lentils, and try some of these recipes for getting more of this pantry staple into your life.