• Two Winners Selected in Power Up with Lentils LTO Contest

    Lentils.org collaborates with Chef’s Roll on New Promotion for Culinary Professionals SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN (June 16, 2022) – This spring, dozens of commercial and non-commercial chefs menued limited time offer (LTO) Lentil Power Bowls in pursuit of a $2,500 cash prize and a trip to the Lentils.org Summer 2022 Farm Tour. Taking the top prize in…

  • Case Study: Prepared meal delivery service Freshly partners with Lentils.org to offer hearty, plant-forward meals

    May 2022 Consumers today are looking for convenience and value, with preferences shaped by the pandemic and global issues that have raised prices on everything from groceries to fuel. Enter prepared meal delivery, which offers nutrition, flexibility, and flavor in a time- and money-saving solution. Freshly, a pioneer in the skyrocketing meal delivery industry, partnered…

  • Flour Power: New Uses for Lentil Flour in Batters, Breading, and Coating Systems

    1. Overview The recent “Chicken Wars” at Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) across the United States (U.S.) not only reignited the chicken sandwich trend, but it also gave birth to new and innovative ways to bring menu items to market. With consumers more vocal than ever in sharing what they love (or hate), alternate methods of…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Mediterranean Cuisine

    The sun-drenched Mediterranean region has legendary culinary influence, with a wide-ranging flavor palette and the health halo of high-quality fats, fresh produce, whole pulses, and grains. As culinary trends and consumer demand expand to encompass more global influences, Mediterranean cuisine is not defined by borders or ubiquitous food staples, but rather a broad blend of…

  • Case Study: Zoës Kitchen showcases cross-utilization of lentils as a plant-forward anchor in Mediterranean dishes

    December 2021 Lentils are increasingly prominent on Mediterranean fast-casual menus, as they are an approachable choice for both consumers looking for filling, plant-forward menu options and operators who need versatile ingredients that can soak up flavor and provide cross-utilization in just one SKU. The Mediterranean fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen features lentils in several menu applications…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Indian Cuisine

    Indian cuisine offers a rich map of flavor, texture, and culinary influences, from the spiced and fragrant curries of the north, to street food in urban centers, to the herbal coconut-milk based dishes of the south. A tried-and-true fit for lentils, Indian cuisine makes a strong showcase for plant-forward dishes with comforting, adventurous, and unique…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Crumbles, Fillings, and Toppings and Lentils in Plant/Meat Blends

    For an ingredient that can increase the nutritional content of menu offerings across dayparts while making your operation more cost-effective, look no further than lentils. As a plant-forward, protein-rich substitute for ground meat, lentils are ideal in blended applications like burgers or tacos, as a substitute that can replace meat entirely in those same applications,…

  • Spotlight on the Hottest Food Trends for 2022

    November 2021 As 2021 begins to wind down, we are found reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to what is on the horizon. It is also that time of year where many food companies and data houses come out with their trend predictions for the upcoming year. We at Lentils.org love geeking out…

  • Case Study: CAVA highlights lentils’ versatility in globally inspired power bowls and salads

    November 2021 The fast-casual restaurant segment is a booming one for the lentil industry. In addition to salad-centric chains, Mediterranean cuisine is a natural fit for lentils as operators are looking to add more plant-based proteins to menus. The Mediterranean fast casual restaurant chain CAVA provides a perfect example of how lentils can shine across…

  • Food Trend Spotlight: Functional Foods & Eating for Immunity

    Functional foods are those that offer health benefits that extend beyond their basic nutritional value. As more consumers seek foods that promise health benefits like added energy or increased immunity, functional foods, like lentils, can help you satisfy customer demand while also delivering on taste and menu appeal. Satisfying Health Desires and Innovating on Trends…

  • Case Study: Fast-growing salad chain Sweetgreen features lentils in a sustainable menu item powered by plant-based protein

    November 2021 Sweetgreen, one of the trendiest and fastest growing fast casual chains in the U.S., has a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food, so it’s no surprise that lentils are a featured item on their menu. The Super Green Goddess Salad features lentils, chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, raw carrots,…

  • Food Trend Spotlight — Labor-Saving Techniques with Lentils

    With limited staff and resources, utilizing ingredients that require less labor while also providing menu versatility may seem like an impossible feat. There are some ingredients, like lentils, that can work double duty for you, making at least one thing easier in the kitchen. Below are three reasons why lentils can be your labor-saving solution.…

  • Sports Bars & Plant Forward Cuisine

    March 2021 Depending on exactly how you classify them, there are between 25-30 sports bars in the top 200 chains. This unique sub-category of casual dining anticipate a higher check percentage towards beverage sales and are a favorite among consumers in the U.S. to gather and relax with family and friends, enjoy lunch or happy…

  • Lentils.org Partners with B.GOOD on New Mediterranean Bowl

    Red Lentils Star in this Nutritious, Flavorful, and Plant-Forward Option SASKATCHEWAN (Feb. 16, 2021) – Restaurant chain B.GOOD is now offering a Mediterranean Bowl in collaboration with Lentils.org in an effort to deliver a healthy menu option while diversifying lentils in the U.S. The bowl currently serves as the first lentil-based bowl option offered by…

  • New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Highlight Lentils

    The new 2020-2025 U.S. dietary guidelines have been released which highlight lentils as an important nutrient-dense food to be consumed as part of protein and vegetable intake to make up a healthy dietary pattern. The latest version of the U.S. dietary guidelines were released January 2021 and introduced several changes and updates to previous guidelines.…

  • Food Trend Spotlight – Snacks, Sharables, and Protein Boxes

    Consumers love snacking and we know that younger generations are eating more frequent smaller meals or higher number of snacking occasions throughout their day. People are on the move so ease of grab and go options are attractive, especially those that can be snacked on throughout the day and hold well for extended periods of…

  • Food Trend Spotlight – Global Street Food

    Exploring cuisine through the world of globally inspired street food may sound niche, but it is actually much more approachable than you first think. When you break down the street foods from around the world, there are actually a lot of similarities. Many cultures around the world all have their own version of many common…

  • Food Trend Spotlight – Breakfast Anytime

    Breakfast has long allowed consumers and operators to experiment with the combination of sweet and savory, domestic and international, relatable and new. When it comes to breakfast, all things go – whether it’s starting your day off strong or enjoying an indulgent brunch any time of day, breakfast has established strong loyal customers all over.…

  • Food Trend Spotlight – Texture

    There are many qualities of a good dish. One of those qualities that can set a dish apart from the rest for consumers is texture. Texture is the part of our senses when we feel the food in our mouth and can be described in terms such as hard, soft, liquid, solid, creamy, crumbly, crispy,…

  • 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…

  • BUILD A BETTER BURGER WITH LENTIL BLENDS

    New Study Finds Nutrition and Environmental Benefits to Beef-Lentil Burgers (Winnipeg, Canada) July 28, 2020 – According to new research, combining lentils and beef is a winning combination for building a better burger. The new study, funded by Lentils.org and Pulse Canada, found that substituting one-third of a lean beef patty with cooked lentils results…

  • 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 (Turkish…

  • 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 BowlLentil & Beef Maafe (African Stew)Shepherd’s PieLoaded Lentil Sweet PotatoKorean Fried ChickenLentil CalzoneChicken Tikka Bunny ChowLoaded Lentil Street FriesSicilian…

  • 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…