Pulses are a cheap and low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are a great way to bulk out dishes and make them more satisfying. Yet we often get asked how to use them. So here are some of our favourite pulse recipes...
Beans...in a brownie? No we haven't gone crazy - black beans really can be used as a substitute for flour in many gluten-free recipes! They work particularly well in brownie recipes as they make the mixture extra fudgy. This little gem of a recipe uses dates and apple purée to sweeten! Guilt-free brownies? Who knew!
This recipe is a great go-to recipe if you have to cook for a crowd! Simmer all day in your slow cooker and serve with cornbread! The abundance of pulses and quinoa means that this dish is packed full of protein and will keep you fuller for longer!
Mung beans are well-known for sprouting but few people know that they also make for a delicious addition to soup and stews! This healthy recipe is high in protein and low in fat! This is a great example of how pulses can bulk out meals and make them really satisfying.
Red Kidney Beans are normally associated with chilli con carne but their texture and flavour make them fantastic additions to bean burgers! This recipe combines red Kidney Beans with carrot, herbs and eggs to make delicious veggie burgers! Meat-free Monday never looked so GOOD!
You can sprout most beans including chickpeas, mung beans, aduki beans and whole lentils. Mung beans are the most popular: once sprouted, they become the familiar Chinese Bean Sprouts! For best results, use a germinator jar and water twice a day for 5 days. For best results, use organic pulses, and please note that split lentils are not sproutable - only whole ones. Please also note that kidney beans are not for sprouting, as they must be cooked in order for them to be edible.
Pinto beans are the primary ingredient in refried beans, so it makes sense that they would taste oh-so delicious in a burritos. This recipe combines swiss chard, pinto beans, wholemeal tortillas and spices to make a healthier version of this popular wrap!
Pulses don't have to mean meat-free! This Mediterranean roasted chicken recipe uses chicken breasts, cannelini beans and tomatoes to make a veritable family feast! The beans and chicken combined pack such a protein punch that you probably would not need anything on the side - but if you do then we recommend cous cous or bulghur wheat!
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