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The United Nations have declared 2016 the Year of the Pulses and what better way to celebrate than with one of the world's oldest and most popular pulses in a number of easy lentil recipes.
An important diet staple in many countries around the world, the lentil has high nutritional value being a great source of protein and carbohydrates perfect for a meat free diet. They're also rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and B vitamins.
With several different varieties to choose from including, red, brown and puy you can even pick and choose depending on your dish.
Soups, pies, side dishes and stews all benefit from the satisfying and wholesome texture that lentils bring transforming Meatless Monday into a nutritious feast.
Check out these four ways to love the legume in some easy lentil recipes:
Take the classic British Shepherd's pie and turn it meat free with a lentil centre and a cheesy potato topping for the ultimate 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 meat free with a hearty lentil stew. 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