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2016: Year of Pulses

FEATURED ITEM: 2016: Year of Legumes

The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. It sounds like a cause for celebration, but what is a pulse anyway? Part of the legume family, pulses are dried plant seeds, including dried beans, dried peas, chickpeas and lentils. These mini bundles of nutrition are low in fat and cholesterol, and high in protein, vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, iron and B vitamins. They’re also a flavorful and affordable way to feed your whole family or a big group of friends!

 

Visit our grocery aisles to find these and many more:

Lentils: These round, flat legumes absorb liquid to add thickness and rich flavor to soups, stews and Indian curries.

Split Peas: In yellow or green, split peas break down when cooked into soups, curries or stews.

Black-Eyed Peas: White legumes with a small dot that resembles an eye, black-eyed peas pair well with smoky bacon or spicy chili pepper and tomatoes.

Chickpeas: Nutty, earthy legumes that are medium in size, chickpeas (also referred to as garbanzo beans) keep their shape when cooked into soup, rice or couscous, or even roasted for a snack. Add chickpeas to salads or purée them for homemade hummus. Enjoy their nutty flavor in our recipes for Zoodle, Chickpea and Avocado Salad and Chickpea Lettuce Wraps.

Black-Eyed Peas: White legumes with a small dot that resembles an eye, black-eyed peas pair well with smoky bacon or spicy chili pepper and tomatoes.

Red Kidney Beans: Featured in Mexican cooking, red kidney beans keep their shape when cooked and are a staple in three-bean salad for summer BBQs.

Green Peas: With their sweet taste and starchy texture, green peas are a great addition to salads or pastas. Mix them with mushrooms and herbs for a fresh vegetable side dish or puree them with mint, olive oil, parmesan and lemon juice and serve on crostini.

Cannellini Beans: White in color and smooth in texture, these kidney beans take center stage in Italian side dishes, as well as in soups, dips and salads. Feature them on the grill with our recipe for Grilled Cod, White Bean & Tomato Packets.