The Alberta Pulse Growers along with three local restaurants will be featuring pulse-based dishes from November 21-27 to celebrate Savouring Pulses week. Did you know that pulses such as beans, lentils and peas are all grown around the Lethbridge area? Now the question is, are the pulses we buy in grocery stores produced locally? Hmmm.. time to do some investigating! Pulses are a staple for many vegetarians and healthy eaters for many reasons:
- Very high source of fibre
- Free of fat and saturated fat
- Free of sodium
- Excellent source of folate.
- Good sources of iron, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin
- Gluten free
- High fibre, low fat foods such as pulses are part of a healthy diet which may control blood cholesterol and blood sugars. Pulses may also help people feel full longer and help with managing weight
- Pulses are the perfect meat alternative for vegetarian diets
To learn more about what’s being served in Lethbridge restaurants, click here (some are vegetarian friendly, and some not). Or, if you don’t feel like going out and want to try a pulse recipe at home, try my Veggie Lentil Pot Pie or check out the recipes on the Alberta Pulse Growers page!
Do you have any favorite pulse-based recipes? Have you ever grown any pulses, and if so, what are your favorites to store and use for the winter?