• Innovative Ways to Put Lentils on the Menu

    Lentils are high in protein and a minimally processed whole food plant protein option and culinary innovators from across sectors are looking to ways to get more lentils on their menus. Top 5 Reasons Chefs Love Lentils: Versatility - Lentils fit across menu categories and day parts, from soups and stews, to center of the…

  • Foodservice Take-Out & Family Meals

    As foodservice operators shift to take-out and family-style meal service and delivery, we have rounded up our top recipes that travel and hot hold well. From classic take-out staples, to super portable power bowls, lentils are a versatile ingredient that will stand up for your menu! Lentil Keftedes with Mint Yogurt (Greek Meatballs) Lentil Lahmacun…

  • Foodservice Comfort Food Round-Up

    During challenging times, many consumers reach to comfort foods to bring them a sense of ease and security. Here are our favorite foodservice friendly comfort food dishes to bring the well-being home this month: Indian Dal Bowl Lentil & Beef Maafe (African Stew) Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Lentil Sweet Potato Korean Fried Chicken Lentil Calzone…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Middle Eastern Mash-Up

    March 2020 As different global cuisines begin to enter the mainstream we see a tendency to move away from strict authenticity and instead incorporate familiar ingredients or applications to promote trial and wider consumer acceptance. This fusion of the expected and adventurous lends to mash-ups like we are seeing with Middle Eastern cuisine across North…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Power Bowls

    February 2020 Bowls have taken over foodservice menus recently and the trend is not expected to go away anytime soon. Power bowls offer the consumer highly customizable and balanced meals in convenient and often portable vessels for on-the-go. For operators, bowls offer versatility and the ability to cross-utilize a variety of ingredients into diverse offerings.…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: African Cuisine

    November 2019 African cuisine is steeped in history and colonial influence, relying largely on a plant-forward approach to dishes by elevating grains, pulses, and produce with strategic use of herbs and spices. As consumers are looking to more plant-forward diets from a health and environmental perspective, traditional and non-traditional African inspired dishes are a great…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Koshari

    October 2019 Koshari, the National Dish of Egypt is served in virtually every restaurant, home, and on every Egyptian street corner. The simple, yet hearty dish of lentils, rice, pasta, sauce, and fried onions is said to have originated in the 1800s as a way for Egyptian households to transform cooked grains, pulses, and pasta…

  • Building Plant-Forward Menus with Lentils

    Marie Molde of Datassential shared her insights on the future of plant-forward dining and how lentils play a role in creating crave-worthy and sustainable menus, as presented at the Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit on May 2, 2019. Download the slide deck by clicking here. See below for recipes demonstrated and…

  • Rethinking Food Formulations

    Sustainable pulse production sees increase in food products by Megan Madden for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (Pulse Point Dec 2017) Agricultural practices are more efficient than they have ever been, but there are more mouths to feed on fewer resources every day. “We need to focus on food systems rather than agricultural systems,” says Denis Tremorin,…

  • Lentils Find Place in Meat-Based Products

    A local food processor has teamed up with beef research specialists at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to develop a market-ready lentil product for use as a meat extender. The project has the potential to increase demand for lentils, as demand grows for convenient meat products in…