According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average cost for a serving of lentils is 10 cents. (Seriously, you can’t even buy a piece of gum for 10 cents anymore). In comparison, the average serving of chicken is $0.63. You may be thinking that chicken is a better source of protein, but a cup of cooked lentils has 18g of protein, 15g of fiber, and more than a third of your daily value of iron. And that’s all for about 230 calories.
Price: $1.89 for 16-oz bag (dried lentils)