Lentils are one of the most nutritious and easy to cook legumes you can find.
Their small, flat round seeds are easy to cook, requiring little water to rehydrate, and less fuel than larger beans to cook. These facts may seem unimportant, but they make a big difference when fuel and water become scarce resources.
Lentils are packed with nutrients. Its close to the caloric value of pasta, but it has amino acids, iron, vitamin B and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber and twice the amount of protein that pasta has.
Lentils taste good and can be fed to small children as one of their first foods. Lentils go well with pasta and rice, or as soups or stews. Its not hard to make a nice stew using some meat leftovers and some vegetables. Lentils can even be sprouted before eating for added vitamins.