Hearty Lentils – What's Not to Love? Low in calories and high in nutrition, lentils are the perfect legume to eat in the summer in salads, spreads, for crudité and crackers, and as an item on a vegetarian dinner plate. They have a hearty, rich, nutty flavor that holds up to lots of seasoning. Lentils are not only great in soups, but can also be eaten hot or cold, as a hearty main or side dish. They are very popular in French, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Red and green lentils: Provide a very good source of dietary fiber, folate and manganese. Are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium Supply a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus and copper A mere half cup of lentils provides around a third of your daily requirement of fiber If you are interested in healthy cooking and have ever considered reducing meat consumption, it definitely worth it to cook with nutritious, tasty lentils.