They're good for you and the planet, too. They're packed with protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, and they have among the lowest carbon footprint per gram of protein of any food. This is not news, but it was always easy for me to ignore: lentils were virtuous, but they tasted like it. These days lentils feel like a luxurious indulgence. Every day it seems like there's a new startup claiming that high-protein cricket flour will heal the world, that we're supposedly on the verge of a golden age of lab-grown meat. When I hear about stuff like that lately, I can't help but think: when we've got lentils this good, why go through the trouble?