The United Nations has officially declared 2016 the Year Of The Pulses and Celebrity Chef Michael Smith has jumped on board as Canada’s ambassador by encouraging everyone to take the #PulsePledge. Pulses are the little superfood that’s big on flavour! Also known as grain legumes, they’re a group of 12 crops that includes dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. They’re high in protein, fibre, and various vitamins, provide amino acids, and are hearty crops. With the price of groceries beginning to rise, pulses are a nutritious, versatile, tasty, sustainable and affordable option for any family. Start your year off right by learning how to incorporate pulses into your meal routine and take the #PulsePledge today!
- One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta
Incorporate lentils with foods you already know and love to make the transition easier. Use Mucci Farms Beefsteak Tomatoes to make this one-pot wonder that’s perfect for any night of the week!
Click here for the full recipe from Emma’s Little Kitchen.
- Loaded Falafel Salad
Use Mucci Farms Naked Leaf Living Lettuce, Seedless Cucumbers and Sweet Cherry Tomatoes to build this giant salad that’s sure to fill you up! Loaded with fresh produce, herbs and lentils, this salad is a powerhouse of nutrients and is perfect for sharing at the dinner table or portioning into takeaway meals for a busy work week.
Click here for the full recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.
- Lentil Tacos With Tomato Radish Salsa
Just like regular tacos, lentils are great wrapped up in a tortilla and pilled high with your favourite toppings. Take this concept to a whole new level by using our sweet cherry tomatoes to make this incredible salsa! Want a gluten-free meal? Use Mucci Farms’ Naked Leaf Living Lettuce instead of a taco shell.
Click here for the full recipe from Chez Us.
- Lentil Loaf
Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food so why not make healthier and more affordable by replacing the protein with lentils? Use Mucci Farms Sweet Bell Peppers to make your own loaf at home and pile high on a sandwich for lunch or serve with your favourite sides for dinner.
Click here for the full recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
- Greek Salad Dip
Use Mucci Farms Sweet Bell Peppers, Seedless Cucumbers and Roma Tomatoes to make this healthy and hearty dip that’s great for a snack, weekday lunch or potluck party. You can also add quinoa and double the dressing recipe for an instant BBQ side dish.
Click here for the full recipe from Sprouted Kitchen
Incorporating more lentils into your diet will help you lessen your dependance on meat and explore your creativity in the kitchen. It’s never too late to make a change so take the #PulsePledge today and start working towards a healthier body and mind in 2016. For more Pulse recipes, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.