The U.N. General Assembly has declared 2016 the year of pulses.
Pulses, which, per the U.N., are dried leguminous crops with one to 12 seeds per pod that are used for food or animal feed (and not for oil, for example), and are amazing nutritional powerhouses that also do hugely beneficial things to the ground in which they grow.
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What all of this means for us is that we should go wild cooking with lentils, dried beans, chickpeas and black eyed peas as often as we can. Here are some fantastic recipes to get you started. Most all of them give you a headstart by calling for canned beans and chickpeas, but you can always soak and boil your own if you prefer.