How to eat more legumes
Legumes are easy to prepare and cook with. Nowadays, the types you buy have already undergone the preparation and soaking period, meaning you can easily incorporate them into your diet while also maintaining their quality in the pantry.
Treat your tastebuds to the pulse family by adding them to salads, soups and stews. Dip vegetables into hummus (which is made from chickpeas) or create your own dips from pureed beans. Ditch the beef burger for a veggie burger made from cooked beans that can be mashed up and patted into a pattie – great topped with avocado and spinach! If you’re looking for a healthy snack, munch on peanuts or soy nuts rather than chips and chocolate.
Legume recipe ideas
Okay, we’ve spoken about how great legumes are, but now it’s time to step up to the plate with some delicious recipe ideas. Try them out for yourself and you’ll be more than impressed.
Green lentils with sausage and tomato salsa
This special dish is sure to get guests in the mood for a hearty meal and will bring plenty of nutrients to the table too. It’s basically an Italian take on bangers and mash – think perfectly cooked green lentils covered in a rich tomato sauce topped with sausage pieces. Simply cook your lentils to perfection and then smother with a blanket of homemade sauce. Fry some gourmet sausage pieces in a pan and place on top. This is one legume recipe that will be hard to surpass.
Crispy baked falafel
Everyone loves a crunchy bite and everyone will love this amazing dish. Crispy baked falafel is fun to make and tastes delicious when served with a rich sauce that works with the natural flavours on offer. To get this going, you’ll need chickpeas and a handful of herbs plus a few other bits and pieces. Be prepared for some hands on mixing and plenty of fun along the way. We recommend serving with pita bread, crumbled feta, sliced tomatoes and some refreshing cucumber.
Bean salad with parsley
You’ll enjoy a range of flavours with this light and tasty offering. Our bean salad with parsley is perfect for anyone who needs to feed a large group quickly and can be served alongside a range of other dishes. Simple slice a red onion and cook with legumes (red kidney beans and chickpeas) in a large pot. From there, add parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and plenty of seasoning. It’s quick, simple and a joy to make. Be sure to grab your fill before it all disappears!
Beans on toast – borlotti style!
This humble feast is one way to add variety to your breakfasts and can also be used as a ripper dinner idea. There’ll be plenty of wholesome goodness along with a range of health benefits on offer. Simply cook dried borlotti beans (or cannellini beans), garlic, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, celery, potato, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and flat-leaf parsley in a large pot and then serve on chunky slices of sourdough bread.
Get your taste buds firing with this list of legume recipes ideas.
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