This week on CBC Radio, I heard Canadian chef Michael Smith talking about adding Pulse to your diet.  In fact, he encouraged people to eat less meat and to eat more pulse.  As I listened to him, I thought of Daniel in the Bible who chose to have pulse and water instead of the Babylonian king’s elaborate cuisine.  As it turned out after ten weeks of just pulse and water, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier than the other young men who ate the king’s rich food.

What exactly is pulse?  It is a grain legume.  It includes beans, chickpeas, dry peas and lentils.  The United Nations has 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Its aim is to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition (Wikipedia).

In his interview, Michael Smith made the call for people to take the pulse pledge which would encourage them to eat less meat and more pulse.  The challenge is to commit to eating pulses once a week for ten weeks.  If you are interested in taking the pledge, go to Pulse Pledge and sign up.  You can also check out Michael Smith’s recipes and tips on how to cook lentils at Lentils.ca

Plan to reduce your meat consumption and increase your pulses by trying out the many recipes you will find on Pulse Pledge such as Curried Lentil Soup and Lentil Lasagna.   A diet on pulses is not only healthier but more affordable.  And there is so much you can do with pulses.  They are very versatile and tasty too.  Make 2016 your year of Pulses.

Curried Lentil Soup



Lentil Lasagne


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