There are a lot of reasons to love lentils as a home cook. These tiny (but powerful) legumes come in a wide variety of types with distinct flavors and textures and colors that range from green, brown and black to red, orange, yellow and gold. They’re versatile, hearty, satisfying, economical, and fairly easy to prepare. They are also a rich source of protein, fiber, iron, and folate, and are one of the easiest legumes to digest. While you can certainly create a variety of lentil-based dishes at home, from patties to curries, nowadays, lentils, and pulses, in general, are so celebrated for their impressive nutrition, that you can find them in all sorts of products. There are chips, sauces, plant-based meats, sauces … we could keep going. Lentils may have gotten popular through lentil soup, but they are far more appreciated today. To see what we’re talking about, check out these 14 protein-packed foods made with lentils.