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Pulses

Since they’re such hearty (and delicious) protein substitutes for many vegans and vegetarians in the UK, at Wholefoody we’re pretty passionate about pulses. But lentils and beans (and pretty much all pulses) have been popular across the world for centuries, making up a vital part of Indian, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Asian and Lebanese cuisines.

The popularity of these small but mighty grains is easy to understand, especially for those following an organic lifestyle. They are packed with various nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which can supplement a vegan or vegetarian diet, and they’re incredibly diverse in the many ways they can be used. 

High protein beans

Wholefoody’s love of pulses means we’ve got an amazing range of these high protein, fibre-rich, low-fat grains. Because we know how important a healthy source of carbohydrates is in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. What we particularly like about pulses is their shelf-life and versatility, though. Which makes them excellent value for money, especially when bought in bulk.

Beans, lentils and pulses of all kinds are a nutritious and filling addition to all sorts of recipes, as well as being the key ingredient in vegan and vegetarian alternatives. 

Pulses in food

Pulses can be used to create hearty chilli sin carnes (or the non-vegetarian chilli con carne), warming campfire beans, stews, curries and even burgers and meat alternatives. All it takes is a little imagination for pulses to become a cheap and cheerful addition to your meal plan. One of our foody favourites at Wholefoody is a classic (and delicious) lentil dahl, made using chickpeas and lentils to add a wealth of protein to an already tasty and nutritious meal.

As a meat replacement, lentils are a particularly excellent choice. Filling and aromatic dishes such as Bolognese can be a great way to start if you’re not quite sure what to do with your pulses. Or perhaps you fancy some homemade houmous, in which case try perusing Wholefoody’s range or chickpeas. Blend with garlic, lemon and oil for a fresh and delicious dip.

Pulses are also a superb choice for bulking out cold-weather meals such as stews. Soft and smooth in texture, pulses such as butter beans respond well to slow-cooked meals, whether that’s in your home slow cooker or hanging over a campfire!

Throw in some vegetables, stock and seasoning and you’re on your way to the heartiest stew you ever did… well, stew.

And the possibilities don’t end there. Many beans and pulses can be used in making sweet treats and baked goods. It might surprise you to hear it, but black beans actually make a great addition to gooey chocolate brownies, providing that all-important soft texture.

When it comes to cooking our lentils, beans and pulses, you’ll find your job gets easier if you soak the dried grains beforehand. But don’t worry, this is no Herculean task - stick them in a bowl of water before you go to bed, and you’ll find they’re ready to use the next morning.

  • Marrowfat Whole 500G Pulses
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    Marrowfat Whole 500g

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    Marrowfat peas are green mature peas that have been allowed to dry out naturally in the field, rather than be harvested whilst still young like the...

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  • Red Lentils Split Turkish 500G Pulses
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    Red Lentils Split Turkish 500g

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    Red lentils are lentils which split into two. A protein & fiber rich food. Good source of folate & vitamin B1 as well. Has a very soft text...

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  • Dark Speckled Lentils Canada 500G Pulses
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    Dark Speckled Lentils Canada 500g

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    Richer and earthier than you might be used to from their red brothers, these dark speckled lentils pair perfectly with fish, game and sausages. The...

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  • Yellow Peas Hodmedod Split Organic 500G Pulses
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    Yellow Peas Hodmedod Split Organic 500g

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    Split Yellow Peas are one of the most used pulses in British cooking, with a satisfying flavour and smooth texture, they add body and depth to sou...

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  • Chick Peas Turkish Organic 500G Pulses
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    Chick Peas Turkish Organic 500g

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    Organic chick peas or garbanzo beans are delicious in a whole host of curries including chana masala (probably our favourite use) and hummus. Also,...

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  • Red Lentils Split Turkey Organic 500G Pulses
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    Red Lentils Split Turkey Organic 500g

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    Red lentils are lentils which split into two. A protein & fiber rich food. Good source of folate & vitamin B1 as well. Has a very soft text...

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  • Brown Lentils Turkish 500G Pulses
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    Brown Lentils Turkish 500g

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    Brown lentils are high source of plant based protein, suitable for vegetarians/vegans. Best sources of soluble fiber, which makes them very benefic...

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  • Cannelini Various Organic 500G Pulses
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    Cannelini Various Organic 500g

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    Organic to the Root - Organic Cannellini Beans. These large white beans have a rich, creamy texture. Great in salads, or pasta dishes and in soups ...

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  • Borlotti Chinese 500G Pulses
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    Borlotti Chinese 500g

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    A beautiful variety similar to the kidney bean. It is pinkish with brown streaks and is a hot favourite in Italian cooking. It has a slightly sweet...

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  • Butter Beans Organic 500G Pulses
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    Butter Beans Organic 500g

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    Organic butter beans , also known as lima beans, have a deliciously subtle buttery flavour and a soft, smooth texture. They are often used in baki...

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  • Green Lentils Canada 500G Pulses
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    Green Lentils Canada 500g

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    Organic and all natural Green Lentils. Cook in soups, stews, or by themselves. Makes for an extremely healthy side dish.

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  • Green Peas Split Organic 500G Pulses
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    Green Peas Split Organic 500g

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    Natural, organic, green split peas are full of protein, fiber and iron. Green split peas are easy to prepare—no need to presoak. Delicious and hear...

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  • Haricot Usa/china Organic 500G Pulses
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    Haricot Usa/China Organic 500g

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    The haricot bean is definitely a contender for the bean with the most names. It is also known as navy bean, pearl bean, Boston bean, white pea bean...

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  • Green Lentils Usa Organic 500G Pulses
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    Green Lentils USA Organic 500g

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    Organic and all natural Green Lentils. Cook in soups, stews, or by themselves. Makes for an extremely healthy side dish. To cook beans on your stov...

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