FOOD: Pulses

2016 has been declared “the year of the pulse.” What are they? Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term “pulse” refers only to the dried seed. Dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties. They are very high in protein and fibre, and are low in fat. Like their cousins in the legume family, pulses are nitrogen-fixing crops that improve the environmental sustainability of annual cropping systems. Add more of these super-nutrition packed dried seeds to your diet with these three easy and hearty recipes.

Lentil, Kale and Feta Salad
Perfect for entertaining, this hearty winter salad stars lentils brightened with the tang of feta.
Serves six.
RECIPE: Lentil, Kale and Feta Salad
– recipe from Bal Arneson, courtesy Dairy Farmers of Canada/

Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup
Sweet potato adds a touch of sweetness and balances the warm spices while the red lentils provide fibre. Serves four.
RECIPE: Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup
– courtesy Foodland Ontario/

Roasted Carrot Ricotta Hummus
Roasting gives this dip an addictive depth of flavour, while the Canadian Ricotta adds a refreshing lightness of both taste and texture. Serves eight.
RECIPE: Roasted Carrot Ricotta Hummus
courtesy Dairy Farmers of Canada/