Lentils, beans and peas are small but mighty nutrition powerhouses that offer loads of health benefits. In fact, these humble heroes – known as 'pulses' – are so good for you that they even get their very own special holiday every year: World Pulses Day (10th February).
Here are just a few reasons why you should put more pulses on your plate:
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet features loads of recipes and meals that include chickpeas, lentils and beans of all sorts! Check out some recipes below, or join today and find a meal plan that suits you.
Red lentils are a staple in South Asian cooking. This protein-packed and flavoursome recipe features red lentils as a base, along with a bunch of veggies for a hearty, nutritious meal.
Recipe: Vegetable dahl
You may have thought pulses were only used in savoury dishes, but this recipe proves just how diverse these little legumes can be! These black bean brownies are a CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet member favourite – for good reason. Who said dessert can't be healthy?
Recipe: Black bean and dark chocolate brownies
Chickpeas are a super versatile ingredient that can be eaten on their own as a snack, blitzed into a dip or incorporated into different kinds of dishes. In this recipe, chickpeas are used in two ways: to create a chunky, delicious hummus, and to make falafels.
Recipe: Meze plate falafels, grilled vegetables and homemade hummus
The addition of tinned lentils to this classic veggie-based stew gives it a protein-punch and boosts the fibre content (hello, happy gut!).
Recipe: Lentil ratatouille with poached egg and pesto
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