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posts about legumes (dried beans), health effects, nutritional content and recipes using legumes

Add chickpeas to your plant based diet

Add chickpeas to your plant based diet

Any plant-based diet should include legumes, frequently. Perhaps daily. Chickpeas (aka. garbanzos) have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. They’re a staple food in India and around the Mediterranean region, and are widely available in the Western Hemisphere. They have a 

9 reasons to add more beans to your diet

9 reasons to add more beans to your diet

Not that long ago, beans were far down on the food sophistication scale. You could politely describe them as economical. A cheap protein source, if you couldn’t afford meat. Times have changed. The focus on plant-based diets puts humble beans front and center for many 

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Lots of home cooks find dry beans (legumes) intimidating. Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans — they take a really long time to cook. Soaking them overnight before cooking helps, but the beans still need to simmer for hours. That means planning your meal one 

Hummus Salad

Hummus Salad

Protein intake might be the first thing on a person’s mind when switching to a mostly meatless diet. It’s a valid concern, particularly for older people. I’m a big advocate of real food, so I love to talk about plant foods that boost protein intake. 

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

At some point every summer, there’s just too much zucchini.  Gardeners can’t give it away.  Another problem: zucchinis quickly balloon in size and become inedible.  I pick zucchini small, assuming I can find them in time.  The small ones are slightly sweet, with a distinctive