Peas, glorious Peas! (plus beans & lentils)

Posted by Ryvita on 27th March 2019

Getting more Peas, Beans & Lentils might sound difficult – but we promise, it’s much easier than you think!

Lots of different foods fall into this group, also known as “pulses”.

Not only are pulses often high in fibre, according to the NHS they’re also: 

“a cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and count towards your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables”.

So what count as Peas, Beans & Lentils?!

Love Baked Beans on Toast? Or are frozen peas your go-to veg? Well, you’re in luck: both of these count as peas, beans & lentils. Other examples include:

  • Baked Beans
  • Frozen Garden Peas
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Runner Beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas (like you get in Hummus)
  • Broad Beans

According to the NHS: One portion is 80g, which is equivalent to around 3 heaped tablespoons of cooked pulses.

How to cook pulses:

If you’ve not used things like lentils before, it can be a bit confusing as to what to do with them.

The simplest way to enjoy beans, peas & lentils is to buy them pre-cooked in tins. All you have to do then is:

  • Open your tin & tip your beans, lentils or peas into a colander
  • Give them a quick rinse under the tap
  • Then serve either hot or cold or blitz into a dip

Pulses can also be bought dried, but these will need to be  soaked and cooked before you can eat them. Cooking times vary depending on the type of pea, bean or lentil you’re using, so follow a recipe or the instructions on the packet.

Try these ideas to get more Peas, Beans & Lentils…

Black Bean & Green Chilli Spread 

Pea and Mint Hummus

Hummus Topped with Chermoula Chickpeas

And for even more ideas, click here for some EASY PEASY ways to get more pulses.

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