TORONTO — The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses and chef Michael Smith recently celebrated the distinction with a Pulse Feast in Toronto.
Pulses are edible seeds of the legume family including dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. They are also a sustainable food source and high in protein and fibre.
Last night’s Pulse Feast, held at the Design Exchange in Toronto, showcased recipes prepared using a variety of pulses. At the event, Smith — Pulse Canada’s ambassador — also promoted the Pulse Pledge. The pledge encourages North Americans to eat more homegrown pulses by committing to consuming a half-cup of pulses each week for 10 weeks.