2016 is the Year of Pulses (also known as beans), and you won’t believe how many ways there are to cook with this protein-packed ingredient.
Yes, you read that right. The year of pulses. NOT the kind of pulses that indicate whether you’re still alive, but pulses as in, dried beans, peas, lentils, etc. Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know they were called pulses either, until recently. Hey, we just learned something. In case we’re ever on Jeopardy, or Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Here’s another little tidbit of information. The United Nations declared 2016 – The International Year of Pulses. Yay! Time to have a party.
Whatever you call them, they’re one of the very best foods you can keep in your pantry. Beans are full of protein, soluble fiber (the kind that helps manage weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol), and lots of vitamins and minerals. Plus, they’re one of the cheapest good-for-you foods I know of. And, of course, they’re perfect for Meatless Mondays. So in honor of the International Year of Pulses, here are some delicious ways to cook with them, from some of my blogging friends.
Did you know beans were also called pulses?