It’s the International Year of Pulses…but what are they?


It’s the International Year of the Pulses! If you’re like me, you may be wondering what the heck pulses are. I now know the answer to this question, thanks to a delicious evening at Pulse Feast.

Pulses are edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Think, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. They are super healthy, and you’re probably eating them regularly already. You may be surprised to find out that pulses are Canada’s fifth largest crop, after wheat, canola, corn and barley!


I met Chef Michael Smith!

Chef Michael Smith is a champion of the pulse movement and the ambassador for the International Year of Pulses.

At Pulse Feast, I discovered (okay, ate) lots of different, delicious ways to enjoy pulses.


Cheddar Split Pea Biscuits. Amazing.


Navy bean crab cakes

Chorizo sausage, cranberry beans, rapini and chili.

Chorizo sausage, cranberry beans, rapini and chili.


Indian chickpea stuffed crepe with curry chicken salad

So many amazing options, right? Are you getting some ideas about cooking with pulses?

Take the Pulse Pledge! It’s easy. Eat pulses at least once a week for ten weeks.
Why? They’re good for you, have a low carbon footprint, are affordable and are a fantastic source of protein and fibre. Find out more at!

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