Lentils, in all their tiny-legume glory, are the perfect combo of protein, complex carbs, and fiber making them a great addition to soups, stews, salads, vegetarian dishes, and more. Best of all, they're quick-cooking and don't require soaking. Here are over 30 recipes featuring various types of lentils. First up is a spicy, Ethiopian-inspired red lentil stew. Berbere, Ethiopia's signature spice blend, includes garlic, ginger, coriander, femigreek, and allspice in addition to a big pinch of ground chiles. Look for it at well-stocked supermarkets.View Recipe: →
Popular in West Africa, Chicken Yassa calls for simply marinating chicken in lemon juice, broiling the chicken, and then stewing it in the boiled-down marinade. “It’s the first West African dish I tasted,” says food writer Jessica B. Harris. “Now, it’s my good luck dish.”View Recipe: →
The Indian spice trade carried curry throughout East Africa. Popular curry dishes like this aromatic chicken braised in broth with dates and raisins also combines traditional African braising techniques. To save money, start with a whole bird (3 to 4 pounds), and remove the bone-in breasts, thighs, and drumsticks yourself.