The Humble Pulse...low in fat, high in protein and fibre
"The Humble Pulse has really hit the spotlight in 2016 as the UN has designated it International year of the Pulse. Throughout this year the UN will work to spread a number of key messages on a global scale. Namely that pulses are highly nutritious and have important health benefits, they are economically accessible and contribute to food security at all levels, foster sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and promote biodiversity. " Pulses are part of the legume family but the word pulse refers only to the dried seeds of legumes such as garbanzo beans, lentils, split peas, edible beans. Pulses are low in fat, high in protein and fibre.
A vegan friend often encourages me to include beans to my menu, so I thought this week would be a good time to do so. Since there are so many wonderful organic and local veg and herb available, it was easy to come up with bunch of healthy choices for you. I am specially excited about using the delicious heirloom tomatoes, zucchini and squash from my favorite local organic farm in some of the dishes. Zoodles with pinto beans has to be my favorite. By using the zucchini noodles and mixing it with the spaghetti is lower in calorie I have less guilt eating it, I can go back for seconds and sometime thirds 🍝 Yum, I just might have to make some tonight since Friday night is spaghetti night :)
We soak our beans over night or at least for 8 hours in filtered water with a touch of sea salt to help remove indigestible sugars that cause gas. We discard the water and use herbs and spices that aid digestion to help as well. So we hope that you give pulses a chance and try them. You will love it!
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Ezie and Emil