#LovePulses: Join the half cup habit

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Start your half cup habit with a 4-week challenge to eat half a cup of pulses three times per week. Pulses are packed with protein, fibre and essential nutrients to help you maintain a healthy weight and improve overall wellbeing. They are also delicious and easy to cook. Pouyoukas Foods has a variety of pulses that include beans, chickpeas and lentils.

Here is a delicious recipe by Jamie Oliver for a chickpea salad. This is a good start to your 4-week challenge. Chickpeas are very high in protein, fibre, folate and zinc and are a versatile pulse that can be eaten in so many ways. Make a big batch of Pouyoukas chickpeas and freeze. They are more economical and taste much nicer than tinned chickpeas.

Chickpea salad

Ingredients

1 small red onion, peeled and chopped

1-2 fresh red chillis, deseeded and finely sliced

2 handfuls ripe red cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 lemon

Olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups Pouyoukas chickpeas prepared as per pack instructions

1 handful fresh mint, chopped

1 handful fresh green basil, chopped

100g feta cheese

Method

Mix the chopped onion, chillis and tomatoes.

Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season to taste.

Heat the chickpeas in a pan, then add 90 percent of them to the bowl.

Blend the remaining chickpeas and add these as well – they will give a nice creamy consistency. Allow to marinate for a while and serve at room temperature.

Just as you’re ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh mint and basil.

Place on a nice serving dish and top with crumbled feta cheese. –AGT press release

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