Each year the United Nations picks a topic of global interest, and 2016 was named the International Year of Pulses.
What are Pulses you might ask? Pulses include dry peas, dry beans and, you guessed it, lentils!
Pulses were selected by the UN because of their significant health, economic and environmental benefits.
Pulses are naturally gluten free and add tons of fiber, protein and antioxidants to your diet!
Gearing up for 2016, each country was asked by the UN to submit one pulse recipe to represent their country. The USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, which is the body selected by the UN and Global Pulse Confederation to manage International Year of Pulses in the U.S., reached out to me to develop a recipe to be in the running.
I went for my favorite “One Pot” style recipe and created this flavorful Mediterranean Sausage & Lentils recipe!
With your help, this recipe could be selected as the National Signature Pulse Recipe for the U.S.! Head over to the USADPLC Facebook page, and vote for it by “liking” the photo.
Now let’s get cooking!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup onion (diced)
- 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 cup baby bella mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- ½ cup roasted red bell pepper (chopped)
- ¼ cup finely chopped basil
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and mushrooms, saute for 3-4 minutes, then add the sausage and cook through. Drain any grease from the pot, then add the lentils.
Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth, kosher salt, dried oregano & parsley.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 90 minutes. Mix in the roasted red pepper.
Remove from the heat and top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
It’s healthy, flavorful and packed with protein and antioxidants!
Did you know that one serving of lentils has twice as much protein as quinoa and twice the antioxidant content of blueberries?
Who know that pulses were the mixing healthy ingredient in your diet this whole time!
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