A Guide to Pulses
Napolina’s extensive pulses range add both flavour and texture to a variety of dishes as well as being low in fat and high in protein and fibre. If you have ever wondered what pulses are, or how to use them, this is the ideal guide.
What are pulses?
Pulses are edible seeds that are grown in a pod and include all beans, peas and lentils. Napolina’s range of pulses consists of Chick Peas, Butter Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Canellini Beans and Borlotti Beans which are all commonly used in Mediterranean style cooking. Napolina also offers Five Bean Salad and a Spicy Bean Salad in a ready to eat dressing for quick and easy meal solutions.
How to cook pulses?
Pulses can be bought either dried or in cans. Dried pulses in packs must be soaked and cooked for a number of hours whereas canned pulses are much more convenient. These have already been soaked and cooked and can be used in your dishes straight away.
Why eat pulses?
Napolina pulses have great nutritional benefits and can be a great alternative to meat as many are high in protein. This means they are popular with vegetarians but also with health conscious people as they are also naturally low in fat, sugar and salt. Counting towards one of your 5 fruit and vegetables per day, pulses are also naturally high in fibre.
Napolina pulses are a very useful ingredients to have in the store cupboard, they are extremely versatile and can be used to create a number of different dishes. They are perfect for use in soups, such as Minestrone, salads, such as Napolina’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad and stews, such as Napolina's Pasta and Bean Stew as well as for easy to make starters like this delicious Tuscan Style Bean and Tomato recipe.
If you have ever wondered how to cook kidney beans, try our Tuna, Butter Bean and Kidney Bean salad, or if you have ever wondered how to cook butter beans, try out the recipe for Butter Bean Stew