Canned lentils are budget-friendly, busy-family weeknight warriors and a dinnertime saviour when paired with pre-made tomato sauce (Try our Super Simple Slow Cooker Sauce) and quick-cooking pasta. Pulses like lentils are total hunger crushers, too, meeting one-third of a woman’s daily fibre needs and containing 19 grams of protein in just one cup. One study found that a diet rich in pulses like lentils may help reduce the risk of obesity, while a large meta-analysis found that they may also help lower total and bad LDL cholesterol. They may be tiny, but they clearly pack a nutritional punch.
Tip: Cutting carbs, calories or gluten? Swap the whole-grain pasta for spiralized zucchini noodles for a protein-packed and fibre-rich meal.