Love your legumes

What are legumes?

Legumes, also known as pulses, include all beans and peas which
belong to the vegetable group of foods.

There are many varieties of legumes that come in different types of sizes and colours.

Examples of legumes include:

  • Chickpeas
  • Split peas
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Kidney beans
  • Borlotti beans
  • Cannellini beans
  • Black-eyed beans
  • Soybeans
 

Download your copy of the Cooking with Legumes recipe booklet- PDF

 

What’s so good about legumes?

Legumes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, health-protective antioxidants, fibre and mostly low GI carbohydrates. They can help us feel more satisfied after meals and reduce our risk of diabetes and heart disease!

 

How much legumes do I need?

The Australian Dietary Guidelines, a national guide for healthy eating, recommends we have five serves of vegetables a day, which includes legumes. To count towards our vegetable intake, one serve of legumes is 75g (1/2 cup) of cooked beans, peas or lentils.

 

How can I eat more legumes?

Legumes are so versatile and can be added into lots of everyday dishes that we already love. Examples of dishes that taste great with added legumes include:

   
Soups
Try lentils or split peas 

 

  Salads
Try kidney beans or chickpeas 
 
  Snacks
Try veggie sticks with hummus or roasted chickpeas
         
   
Curries or casseroles
Try chickpeas or white beans  
   Pasta sauces
Try lentils or split peas
 
  Sandwiches or wraps
 Try hummus spread
 

 

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