The United Nations Names 2016 the International Year of Pulses

Feta Alfredo with Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle

What is International Year of Pulses

The United Nations has officially named 2016 the International Year of Pulses, and we’re excited to say we’re on board with this trend. What is a pulse, you may ask? They are composed of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas—nutrient powerhouses that pack a hearty fiber and protein-rich punch.

They’re also a very versatile ingredient, which makes it even easier to incorporate them into your favorite recipes. Simple switches with regular pasta products for ingredients like Ancient Harvest™ Green Lentil & Quinoa Pasta Penne or Red Lentil & Quinoa Pasta Rotelle are a great way to get the benefits of pulses with delicious flavor.

The world was introduced to quinoa in mass when the UN named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, and the nutrient-rich grain quickly gained worldwide popularity. With this year being the International Year of Pulses, these tiny seeds are about to start their own culinary trend in 2016. We love them because of their versatility and sustainability, not to mention how delicious they can taste, so if you’re ready to get cooking with pulses in mind, here are a few recipes to keep you full and energized:

Gluten-Free Coconut Thai Noodle Soup
Green Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Penne Pasta Bake
Feta Alfredo with Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle