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It's time to raid the store cupboard! Chickpeas, lentils, beans - are you feeling adventurous?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

It’s time to raid the store cupboard! (okay, you’d better check with your parent/carer first please). Can you find some pulses to create a meal that doesn’t have any meat or dairy in it – instead use lentils or chickpeas or beans?

Pulses … did you say pulses? What on earth are they?  Can you look them up and find out what they are? Do you have any in your kitchen cupboards already? Can you find a recipe you could use … or create your own dish?

By being adventurous and trying to eat more plant-based foods such as pulses, wholegrains and vegetables, we can make a massive difference to the amount of carbon emissions arising from food production – whilst still getting enough of the protein and minerals our bodies need. 

Using tins and packets from our cupboards is also a good way to cut down on trips to the shops whilst we all social distancing.

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you’ve cooked up an adventurous ... or even pulsating ... meat-free meal!

If you are stuck for recipe ideas and have a tin of white beans like chickpeas, butter beans, cannellini beans (any type will do), why not make a delicious hummus dip?

You’ll need a tin of white beans, 1 tablespoon cider or wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil; a clove of garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Combine them all in a blender or food processor and gradually add water until the mixture is spreadable. Enjoy with some bread or carrot sticks!

If you’d like to find out more about which foods contribute most to climate change you can click to try out the BBC’s climate change food calculator.

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you’ve created your plant-based meat-free meal!


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