They’re inexpensive, they’re healthy, they’re good for the environment and the economy…pulses are just awesome all around! Because they offer so many benefits, school nutrition professionals should celebrate and spread awareness for the International Year of Pulses. Whether you’re mashing up chickpeas for hummus, stirring lentils into your vegetable soup or serving up juicy black bean burgers, your program can effectively promote this awesome food group.
Because kids can be seriously picky eaters, you may struggle with fulfilling what many school nutrition professionals know as the “The Bean Law”: dry beans/peas (legumes) must be offered to students weekly, in addition to all subgroups of fresh frozen or canned vegetables, in order to meet USDA requirements. If you’re ready to mix it up and step away from serving baked beans or bean burritos each week, celebrate the IYP with these tasty ideas.