When the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulses (IYP), it was very easy for many of us to jump on board and add them to our diets. The challenge is how to make these nutritional powerhouses appealing to children. Here are some great ways to serve pulses that will appeal to fussy young humans.
Hummus is a popular dip made with chickpeas and a definite hit with children. Serve with pita or veggies, spread on a sandwich or even eat it plain. You can also make hummus with cooked lentils or beans.
Sneak it into food they already love
Lentils, beans or a mixture of the two can be added to mincemeat, burgers and meat balls or even substituted for meat to make delicious, homemade veggie patties and meatless meatballs.
Mix into their favourite soups and sauces
Cooked lentils, beans and peas can easily be pureed and stirred into soups, stews and even sauces. They not only add flavour, but also help thicken soups and stews to make them heartier and more nutrient-rich.
Many desserts incorporate beans, as they have a mild flavour and can add richness and moistness to baked goods. You can easily add beans into your own desserts. Cooked black beans can also replace eggs in many chocolate cake and brownie recipes—and your kids will never know the difference.
Try these delicious black bean brownies:
1½ cups black beans
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup oats
1/3 cup maple syrup / honey
¼ cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
Blend all ingredients except the chocolate chips until smooth.
Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a greased pan.
Cook the brownies for 15-18 minutes and let cool before cutting them.
Source: AGT Foods Africa