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Beans & Pulses

Beans and pulses come in many different shapes, colours and sizes but one thing they have in common is that they are cheap, filling and easily available in either dried or tinned format.

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A guide to beans and pulses

There are so many beans and pulses to choose from – so let’s start with the basics. Dried pulses require soaking and cooking before they are eaten, so they are less convenient than the tinned varieties which have already been soaked and cooked. The benefits of using dried pulses are that you can add more flavour to them in the cooking process and they are often cheaper than the tinned varieties, but tinned versions are still very affordable and the convenience of them (just heat through or drain and rinse and use cold) is perfect for padding out dishes!

Pulses are good sources of protein, fibre and other nutrients. They even count towards your 5-a-day target (although they will only count as 1 portion each day no matter how many you eat). A portion size is around 3 heaped tablespoons. So overall, they’re a good choice of ingredient for low cost healthy family meals. You can make your food budget go further by using them to replace meat in some dishes e.g. casseroles, stews, Bolognese sauce, chilli.

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