2016 is the Year of Pulses

Pulses are legumes.  Garbanzo, kidney, lima, and pinto beans.  Edamame, lentils and black beans.  The list can go on but you get the idea. Legumes are rich in plant protein (1/4 cup has as much protein as an egg), high in soluble fiber (helping to lower cholesterol levels and feed the good bacteria in your gut), and full of cell protective nutrients like magnesium, folate, and potassium.  Your goal is 2 cups a week. Try roasting some beans for a crunchy snack or use as croutons on your salad.

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Use dried and rehydrated or canned beans.  If using canned beans, rinse, drain and dry on a paper towel.  Toss with seasonings of choice.  I used garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.  Add a splash of olive oil and spread on a cookie sheet.  Roast in a 450 degree oven for about 30 minutes (stir every 10 minutes or so to prevent burning).  Roast them long enough so they are crunchy, not soft in the middle.

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