Disclaimer: This video was developed in partnership with Sabra hummus, however, all opinions are genuine.
In case you haven’t heard 2016 was recently named the Year of the Pulse. No, we are not talking about your heartbeat. Pulses actually include all dried peas, chickpeas, beans, and lentils. Celebrate the year of the pulse with Abbey using the easy to follow tips, including a few easy bean and lentil recipes, in this video.
Pulses are a unique food in many ways, one of those ways being that they are packed with not only fiber but protein as well. Pulses are finding their way onto menus in restaurants all over the world and even celebrity chefs are starting to incorporate them into their dishes. In celebration of the Year of the Pulse thousands of people from all walks of life are taking the Pulse Pledge. These people have all agreed to enjoy pulses at least once a day, every day, for 10 weeks straight. To help you achieve this goal Abbey has partnered up with Sabra Hummus to bring you some of the easiest ways to meet your pulse target.
Abbey’s first tip comes in the form of a recipe to make delicious black bean soup in a flash. In a medium sized pot combine a few cans of black beans with a fair amount of salsa, vegetable broth, chili powder, and cumin. Puree this until it is smooth heating it up as you go. When you have it to the consistency you prefer put it into a bowl and top it with some plain greek yogurt, fresh avocado slices, and just a bit of cilantro.
The next tip is one that can be easily implemented by anyone in just about any situation. Pack yourself a hummus snack. Pack a container of Sabra Hummus and whole grain crackers with you when you leave the house. The combination of carbs, fiber, and protein is a perfect compliment for any activity. This snack is great for the gym, work, or just getting through the afternoon energy slump.
Her third tip relates to the ever upwardly trending breakfast food, avocado toast. Abbey suggests an upgrade in the form of a recipe that takes this breakfast fad to a whole new level. Pull out your food processor and add a can of white beans, some avocado, lemon juice, parsley, basil, garlic, and oil to it. Puree this until it is nice and smooth. Spread this on your favorite whole wheat toast and experience a whole new way to start your day.
This next tip is a great idea for those of you drawn to the infamous burger and looking for a way to make it tastier and healthier at the same time. Step up your burger by making it a hummus burger. In a small bowl add 1 lb of lean ground meat, 1/4 cup of sautéed onions, and a 1/4 cup of Roasted Red Pepper Sabra Hummus. Mix these ingredients well and patty them into any size you see fit before frying or grilling them to your desired temperature. When done Abbey recommends serving these on whole grain buns and smearing a bit of hummus on the top bun as well for maximum impact. This recipe adds some excellent flavoring to your burger as well as some additional fiber and protein.
Her last tip will help you boost the protein levels in your Bolognese to new heights. In a medium sized saucepan add a can of cooked lintels to your favorite pasta sauce and serve it on a bed of spaghetti.
How do you plan to take the pulse pledge? Leave your comments below or tweet some of your favorite recipes to Abbey with the hashtag #pulsepledge.
For more tips on staying healthy, recipes, and information fit for consumption by foodies everywhere stop by Abbey’s blog, and by all means don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel.
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00:02 Easy Bean and Lentil Recipes video begins
00:09 Easy Bean and Lentil Recipes intro
00:15 Make Black Bean Soup in a Flash
00:36 Pack a Sabra Hummus snack
00:58 Upgrade your Avocado Toast with White Beans
01:29 Make a better burger with Sabra Hummus
01:48 Boost the protein levels in your Bolognese
02:24 Take the #PulsePledge
02:41 Easy Bean and Lentil Recipes video wrap up
02:46 Easy Bean and Lentil Recipes video end