Do you know what a pulse is? No? It’s not the one you find in your neck or wrist. Pulses are a type of super food! (Dun-nah-nah-nah!) And you most likely already have them in your pantry. These are seeds that grow within pods. Think chickpeas, lentils, and dried peas. Pulses are loaded with protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, magnesium, and other nutrients to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.
Okay, I’m guilty of loving scallops. If I could be a scallop somalier, I would be. This salad is loaded with B-12 and Omega-3s. The lemon brings the whole dish together. You can also try putting mint or (if you’re bold: cilantro). This is another dish that can be on the table in a matter of minutes and seem like you’ve been slaving.
Ingredients: Chickpeas, garlic, celery, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, sea scallops, spinach
Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers
This is a phenomenally filling, delicious tasting veggie burger. If you have vegetarian friends coming over, this is the summer recipe to serve them. You won’t miss the meat. You might not even think about it after that first bite. (Remember not to overcook them, nothing is worse than a super dry veggie burger).
Ingredients: White quinoa, vegetable broth, whole-wheat bread, chickpeas, eggs, cilantro, cumin, red chile, black pepper, vegetable oil, whole-wheat pitas
This is a great addition to any summer potluck or family gathering. It’s filling and vegan friendly. Plus it’s got about half of your daily fibre requirement (a serving has a whopping 15 grams). You can also make it from fresh, or (rinsed) canned, or dried lentils.
Ingredients: Olive oil, yellow onions, garlic, Swiss chard, petite green lentils, chickpeas, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, salt, pepper
Craving pasta? Go the healthy way. This dish is so full and round you’re never going to notice there’s no meat in it. If you want to go super healthy (or be gluten free!), use spaghetti squash instead of whole-wheat pasta.
Ingredients: Porcini mushrooms, onion, garlic, carrot, leek, celery, olive oil, black pepper, lentils, thyme, oregano, basil, bay leaf, red wine, almond milk, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, whole-grain pasta, grated Parmesan
Yummy enough to serve to guests and easy enough that you could make it, panic-stricken, after work even though you forgot guests were coming over.
The recipe and ingredients are simple. And it’s ready in about half an hour. For an extra filling meal, serve it over hot couscous or wild rice.
This is a great side dish for any barbeque, cookout, tailgating party, potluck or regular dinner. You can use water instead of chicken broth, or if you want it to have more flavor but keep it vegetarian friendly, use vegetable (read mushroom) stock.
Ingredients: Black beans, chicken broth, black pepper, salt, bacon, celery, onion, carrot, thyme, cumin, garlic
Move over hummus. We have a new spread in town. This is fresh, light, and has the added bonus of leaving your breath unsullied by garlic. (Though if you want to make it with garlic, we certainly would not stop you).
Ingredients: Lentils, lemon juice, salt, pepper, sunflower seeds, celery, scallion, parsley, pitas
Gingery Lentil Soup
Oh, my gosh! Let’s talk about this soup and how wonderful it is – hot OR cold! Yeah, cold. Like a delicious curry-gazpacho. Oh man. I could drink this with a straw (I’d need a spoon at the end to eat whatever’s left in the bowl.)
Ingredients: Olive oil, carrots, onion, fresh ginger, garlic, curry powder, salt, pepper, chicken broth, lentils, diced tomatoes
Some people don’t like chorizo. And I think they’re crazy, but if you’re dead set against the delicious wonder that is chorizo, then you can swap it for bacon, or finely chopped chicken breast. (I also think that some more hot-sauce is totally justified)
Ingredients: Beans, Spanish chorizo, onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, cumin, paprika, bay leaves, brown sugar, tomato paste, molasses, red pepper, black pepper, green onions, parsley
Oh, oh, oh… smoked trout. I shouldn’t have to sell you on this one. If you don’t like trout (some people think it’s fishy) you could try smoked salmon (and throw some dill into the salad to compliment the salmon.)
Ingredients: White beans, pancetta or bacon, garlic, carrot, rosemary, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, trout, parsley
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