While lentils might get a bad press it's hard to resist the winter delights that these nutriional powerhouses pack.
An important staple in many diets around the world, lentils are packed with protein and carbohydrates. What's more they're also rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and B vitamins making them a perfect choice on a meat free diet.
There are many different types of lentils to choose between, from red to brown lentils and nutty puy, you can pick and choose depending on your dish.
Soups, pies, side dishes and stews all benefit from the satisfying and wholesome texture that lentils bring, all transforming Meatless Monday into a delicious, yet nutritious feast.
Check out these five ways to love the legume in some easy lentil recipes:
Try this winter warmer curry with two types of lentils offering interesting texture and topped with irresistable paneer.
Take the classic British Shepherd's pie and turn it vegetarian, with a lentil centre and a cheesy potato topping for the ultimate meat free comfort food.
This spicy lentil soup will soothe the most ardent of meat lovers. Prepared with a mix of spices, scallion and ginger it makes for a warming first course.
Try going taking stews meat free too with theis hearty lentil slow cooked pot of goodness. Easy to prepare, nutritious and packed with flavour this dish is a great way to stock up on your five a day.
Craving Indian food? Try this dal recipe for lentil lovers with tomatoes, garlic, onions and chilli