Meal Planning Monday: Pulses Edition

Meal Planning Monday: Pulses Edition. Celebrating the International Year of the Pulse by reintroducing beans and lentils into our weekly meal planDid you know that the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulse? If you’re interested in reading more about pulses, you can check out this post that I wrote for the Inland Northwest Food Network. They are doing a yearlong seasonal cooking class and I will be writing a monthly piece to correspond with the topic of each class!

After researching peas, garbanzo beans, and lentils for that article, it got me in the mood for some pulses! My husband is always asking me to make more lentils, so I figured now was the perfect time to experiment! I am trying to reduce the amount of meat that we eat, due to environmental, financial, and health reasons—but I’ve noticed that my husband can’t survive on vegetables for as long as I can. Enter the pulses!

Although legumes aren’t allowed on the Auto Immune Protocol, I have been doing some reintroductions, so I may see how I do with them, and if it doesn’t go well just leave them off my plate.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday: Lentil Tacos

Tuesday: Turkey Soup with White Rice

Wednesday: Chicken Liver Paté with Apple Slices and Sweet Potato Fries (I’ve never had paté before, but it’s been highly recommended as of late, so I’ve decided to finally give it a try!)

Thursday: Turkey Stir Fry with Rice

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Southwestern Salad with Black Beans

Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Monday: Root Vegetable and Lentil Soup

I did A LOT of cooking last week, which was really fun but also really tiring! I’m looking forward to a more laid back week in the kitchen!  What’s on your menu this week?


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