I would love to include legumes and whole grains in our family diet but I haven’t tried because I’m worried no one will like it. I would love to hear some no fail main meal or side dish ideas that work in your family.


Posted by jrob71, 18th November 2013


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  • there are some good comments here



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  • i need to cook with these more



  • We also do the red lentils in lasagne and bolognese sauces. A tin of brown lentils would be hard for the kids to even notice they are there.



  • some great suggestions here :)



  • Have you tried any of the suggestions below?



  • hommus might be a good starting option



  • Some good suggestions there below.


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