Legumes often contain more protein than other plant foods, and when combined with grains, they form a complete protein source – perfect if you’re vegetarian or wanting to include more plant-based meals in your diet.
For example: combining quinoa and lentils like we have in this Vegan Nourish Bowl with Crispy Lentils and Kale, Sweet Potato and a Creamy Cashew Sauce or brown rice and chickpeas like we have in this Warm Brown Rice, Chickpea Salad with Roasted Carrots, Pumpkin and Feta
Hearty Soups, Stews and Curries
Legumes are perfect for creating hearty and filling soups and stews. From classic vegetable soup with peas or lentils, vegetarian curries or comforting chilli con carne – legumes add texture, flavour, and a nutritional boost.
Salads are not just about leafy greens, you can make a hearty salad with legumes like our Marinated Lentil Salad with Herbs, Feta and Almonds – you can serve this salad as is or add your choice of roasted vegetables. Another way to incorporate legumes into salads is to make crispy lentil, bean or chickpea croutons – add them to leafy greens for a more satisfying and nutrient-dense salad!
Flavourful Dips and Spreads
Legumes are the stars of many popular dips and spreads, like hummus – a beloved Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, but you can also use other legumes like butter beans. These can be enjoyed with fresh veggies, dolloped on nourish bowls or as a tasty sandwich spread.