There are other ways to get protein. In a word, livestock. Duh. As the bumper sticker goes, if God didn’t want us to eat animals, why’d He make them out of meat? Who am I to question His judgment? If you must go against all that is good and holy and insist on being a vegetarian, graze on a garbanzo bean or go crazy with a boiled egg.
When Cliff included lentils as part of his dish for a romantic 5-course meal on season 2 of Top Chef, I knew he was sounding his own death knell. It didn’t help that he mangled Marcel, obvs, but even without the throwdown, that lentil purée was his sloppy ticket to the cheftestant compost pile. Lentils may be nutritious; sexy, they are not.
Be a daal, would you Cliff, and pack your knives. And don't forget to take the lentils with you.