Do you love bean recipes and other pulse recipes? Well it’s your lucky day because The United Nations officially named 2016 the International Year of the Pulse. And if you aren’t familiar with that term, it includes all of your beans, lentils, chickpeas and dried peas. Pulses are grown specifically for eating as dried seeds, not for making oils like other legumes (such as peanuts or soybeans).
Pulses are packed with fibre and protein, which will keep you feeling satiated longer and help control blood sugar spikes. They’re also environmentally friendly, super inexpensive and a great way to save money on your grocery bill without skimping out on protein.
Pulses Canned vs. Dried
Most pulses are super easy to prepare regardless of which form you buy them in. Dried pulses like dried beans need to be soaked overnight before cooking to help reduce the gas-factor, and to speed the cooking process. The faster they cook, the fewer nutrients will be lost in the cooking water so this is definitely an important step. Lentils are generally quick cooking enough that they don’t need to be pre-soaked if you don’t want to. While dried pulses do take a bit more planning ahead, they are inevitably cheaper so this is a great budget-friendly option. Canned pulses, on the other hand, are incredibly fast to prepare since they’re actually already cooked. They can easily be added to soups, salads, wraps and other bean recipes without any additional cooking necessary. The downside of canned pulses is that they are more expensive then dried, and tend to be packed with extra sodium. If you’re in a pinch and going with canned pulses, look for a no-salt-added version and rinse your beans well before using to remove some of the surface sodium and starch.
To celebrate the year of the pulse, I wanted to compile some of my favourite bean recipes, lentil recipes and other pulse recipes so that you would have some inspiration to help you make your official #PulsePledge. If you haven’t taken your pulse pledge yet, all you need to do is commit to trying pulses (like some of these bean recipes) once a week for 10 weeks.
And with all of these delicious lentil and bean recipes, it’s going to be easier than you think. I recently shared one of my favourite recipes for Hummus Burgers using my go-to pulse packed snack, Sabra Hummus. It’s an easy 3-ingredient recipe that you’re family is going to love. Some of the other easy bean recipes and snack ideas for hitting your Pulse target include:
- Black Bean Soup -> Puree black beans with salsa, spices and vegetable broth for an easy protein packed soup.
- Hummus Snack -> Sabra is an easy packable snack with some crackers and veggies.
- Lentil Pasta -> Mix a can of lentils into your pasta sauce for an easy hearty vegetarian pasta dish.
- White Bean Avocado Toast -> Puree white beans in with your avocados, basil, parsley, lemon and garlic for a delicious spread on toast.
Need more inspiration? No problem. I’ve compiled some of the tastiest lentil and bean recipes on the Internet!
Best Lentil & Bean Recipes
Meal Makeover Moms- Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl
Spicy RD Nutrition- Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Sundae
Be Truly Nourished- Easy Roasted Chickpeas
Lively Table- Avocado Hummus
Lively Table- Savory Arugula and Chickpea Parfait
Lively Table- Beet Hummus
Nutritionist Reviews- Roasted Chickpeas
Sobremesa- White Bean and Mushroom ‘Meatball’ Subs
Camille Styles- Pita Tostadas with Butternut Squash, Black Beans and Avocado
Slim Sanity- Black Bean Turkey Burgers
Minimalist Baker- Baked Falafel Burgers
Sprouted Kitchen- Baked Herb and Pistachio Falafel
Avocado a Day Nutrition- Pita with Yogurt, Chickpeas and Muhammara
Food, Pleasure and Health- Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich
MJ and Hungry Man- Mung Bean Falafel Collard Wrap
Spicy RD Nutrition- Crunchy Lentil Tacos with Avocado Feta Guacamole
Food, Pleasure and Health- Brown Chickpea Salad
Food, Pleasure and Health- Lunchbox Chickpea Salad
Soups, Stews, and Slow Cooker Meals
Delish Knowledge- Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas
Abbey’s Kitchen- Vegan Cassoulet with White Beans and Garlic Breadcrumbs
Abbey’s Kitchen- Slow Cooker Ham and Lentil Soup
Abbey’s Kitchen- Healthy Easy French Cassoulet
Real Living Nutrition- White Bean and Chicken Chili
Healthy Aperture- Curried Chickpeas in Coconut Peanut Sauce
Living Well Kitchen- Salsa Lentil Soup
Nutritioulicious- Corn Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
Mind to Table- Mexican Lentil Chili
Gowan Nutrition- Kidney Beans in Spiced Tomato Gravy
The Average RD- Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
The Average RD- Crock Pot Refried Beans
MJ and Hungry Man- Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Lentil Curry
Abbey’s Kitchen- Vegetarian White Bean Meatballs
Abbey’s Kitchen- Chicken Chipotle Enchiladas
Nutritioulicious- Vegetarian Lentil Bolognese Over Polenta Cakes
Avocado a Day Nutrition- Chickpea Dumplings in Red Curry Coconut Spinach
From the Land we Live on- Chickpea Pancakes with Leeks, Squash and Yogurt
Minimalist Baker- Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatballs
Minimalist Baker- Pea Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Arugula
Nutritioulicious- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta
Marisa Moore- Black Bean Fried Quinoa
Juggling with Julia- Spanish Brown Rice and Beans
MJ and Hungry Man- Savory Yogurt Bowl
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter- Creamy Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Garlic Chickpeas
Ambitious Kitchen- Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins
Texanerin Baking- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
What are some of your favourite lentil and bean recipes? How do you plan to take the #PulsePledge? Leave me a comment below and tweet to us using the hashtag #PulsePledge!
Disclaimer: This post was developed in sponsorship with Sabra Hummus, however, as always all opinions are genuine.
Updated on May 12th, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.