I love including legumes or aka pulses into my meal rotation! They are cheap, easy to cook with, little to no prep time (if you use canned), versatile and chocked full of nutrients! Not to mention a little easier on the environment to boot ;) You can either buy them dried or canned. If you buy them in a can, I highly recommend to drain and rinse completely until the liquid is cl...ear. If you buy them dried, there are different soaking methods you can use prior to cooking. One common complaint about pulses is that they can cause some bloating/gas. What I recommend in that instance is to ensure that you have soaked them properly and have added baking soda to the mix. Also, when you start out, I would suggest to add them gradually into your diet, instead of having a big ‘ole bowl of beans ;) But honestly, sometimes, you just might not be able to digest them well and they will always cause gas. The only way to know is to try them out!
One of the questions I get asked by clients is how do I use/cook with them? And I’ll honestly answer, put them wherever you would’ve put meat! Or you can also do a 50/50 recipe if you don’t want to change your recipes too much, but want to add a great source of fibre. Such as this one from www.lentils.org (http://www.lentils.org/recipe/hoisin-pork-lentil-lettuce-wraps/). Have you ever considered baking with them? Well, you can! Here’s a recipe from www.pulsecanada.com on using black bean flour (http://www.pulsecanada.com/food-health/recipes/recipes?mode=details&recipe=65). Or they can be added to salads and soups too!
What I made here was a lentil peanut satay stir fry and mmm mmm it was delicious! The sauce was a basic peanut satay from scratch and I used whatever vegetables I had on hand that day. For the peanut satay sauce recipe and the rest of this post, check out the link in my bio.
Peanut Satay Sauce
For a stir fry that makes 4
½ cup All Natural Peanut Butter
1/3 -1/2 cup Low sodium chicken stock
¼ cup low sodium soy sauce (Tamari if GF)
2-3 tbsp hot sauce (I like mine spicy)
Combine all the ingredients and stir slowly until blended, then add to cooked vegetable stir fry.
So next time you get home and there isn’t any meat defrosted, consider using pulses instead. Check out both websites I’ve mentioned above for great recipe ideas and information on pulses.
What are some of your favorite ways to use pulses?
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