(credit to: Pulse Canada dot com for the above quote)
I stumbled upon this as I have been picking up my neighbours newspaper while they have been away. It's The Globe and Mail, a bit too highbrow for me, but it has a Sudoku, so I am not going to turn it down, as I love doing the Sudoku's; keep's the brain ticking over.
Anyhoo, I digress. In Wednesday's paper there was an article about this "newest" food trend. I read the article with interest, as I don't mind pulses; I don't use them much but with the price of food increasing by the second they are a good cheap alternate to some other foods. Plus they are good for you. It also helps that The UN had declared 2016 The International Year of the Pulses.
Not only is there an article in the Globe and Mail, but CBC News has it's own article here. Canadian Chef Michael Smith is spearheading the campaign, at least in Canada, for us all to eat more pulses, and there is even a website for us to sign up to pledge we will eat half a cup of pulses per week for ten weeks. www.pulsepledge.com I must say after looking around the site there are some yummy recipes on there that pretty easy to make. One of my favourites and one I think I may make next week was Bean Lasagna.
If you have just over six minutes to spare you may want to listen to this recording of Chef Michael Smith talking about how good pulses are for you.
A couple of facts about pulses:
Pulses have twice as much protein as whole grains such as wheat, barley or rice.
Pulses are high in fibre, which helps decrease and control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Pulses are also high in B-vitamins, and key minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
I have posted a couple recipes over the years on my blog that include pulses. One of my favourites is Lentil Stew. Not only is it vegetarian it is also vegan.
Then there is my "famous" Baked Bean Lasagna This was one of the first recipes I posted back in 2008, when I first started my blog. Mark's and Spencer recipe that I have been making for years.
I also posted a 50 + 1 recipes for Chickpeas here, I do not know if all the links work though.
Plus a 50 + 1 recipe for Kidney Beans. Now when I do my menu plan for next week, I am going to include at least one meal that has some sort of pulse in it.
Do you eat a lot of pulses in your house?