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Recipes & Nutrition Analysis for Beans and Pulses

Beans and other legumes are some of the most widely available and affordable foods that can easily boost the nutritional content of the meals and/or snacks at your child care program.  Beans can count as both a vegetable or as a meat alternate, but not as both in the same meal.

Pureed beans can be used to thicken soups and sauces beyond paste like hummus.

ref: USDA Food and Nutrition Services

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Bean & Macaroni Soup

The word soup is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “good nutrition.”  This Bean &Macaroni Soup is quick and easy, flavorful and colorful, and packed with nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and spices.

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Falafel

Traditinally, falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpea and/or fava beans. You bake the pattie in this recipe. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack.

Recipe courtesy of FareStart - FareStart prepares fresh, local, and seasonal food in their dedicated kitchen and provides nutritious, quality meals to local childcare centers and schools.

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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

This sweet and savory salad with its tangy sweet dressing and fresh undertones is a crowd pleaser.

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Veggie Soft Taco with Black Beans & Cabbage

Recipe adapted from FareStart recipes - FareStart prepares fresh, local, and seasonal food in their dedicated kitchen and provides nutritious, quality meals to local childcare centers and schools.

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White Bean Ranch Dip

Healthy, low-fat dip that goes so well with Washington-grown vegetable sticks or coins! Recipe courtesy of Wenatchee School District.

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