This year, I am taking the #PulsePledge to incorporate more Pulses into my diet. What are Pulses, you ask? Pulses are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. they can be dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. I've used them in everything from cooking to baking. They pack a hearty fiber, protein-rich punch, and they’re sustainable to boot. For these reasons and more, the United Nations has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses.
During the past few months my husband and I have toyed with the idea of limiting simple carbs during the week. So instead of having a scoop of rice or pasta with our protein, we've subbed with black beans, pinto beans, or even lentils. I usually start with dry beans that I buy in bulk from Whole Foods, and using my nifty electric pressure cooker that I received for Christmas a few years ago, I just cook them up and they're ready in about 30 minutes. It has been a pretty easy lifestyle change. I feel satisfied and so much lighter with more energy. In fact, I haven't missed eating pasta at all!
So when USA Pulses came to me to work on a project together I naturally thought it was a great fit. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite Lentil Stew recipes that's become a staple in our house during these cold Winter months. Check out the video and recipe below!