Chana Masala for School Meals

Chana Masala for School Meals

by James Taylor February 02, 2024

Here we have another recipe for James Taylor's school meals. James works in two London primary schools, improving their school meals to provide nutritious, delicious and environmentally sustainable meals for their children. We started working with James in 2023 to help him get pulses on the menu in his school. James describes the challenges of introducing young people to pulses when they are unfamiliar with them in their diets. However, James has shared with us a few of his recipes for success.

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Mushy Pea, Parsnip & Potato Cakes

Mushy Pea, Parsnip & Potato Cakes

by The Cook and Him November 27, 2023

These pea, parsnip and potato cakes from The Cook and Him are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Marrowfat peas are best known as the traditional pea for making mushy peas though they're also fantastic in soups, dips and casseroles.

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Julie's Apple Shred Buddha Bowl

Julie's Apple Shred Buddha Bowl

by Julie Bailey September 27, 2023

Apple shreds make an excellent addition to a salad or Buddha bowl, their vibrant colour and sweet taste balancing well with savoury elements. Julie, of Apple Natural, made this a beautiful bowl for our visit on a very hot summer's day. We combined elements from our gardens with Julie's apple shreds and locally sourced vegetables.

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Shaved Courgette with Fried Chickpeas and Za’atar

Shaved Courgette with Fried Chickpeas and Za’atar

by Abra Berens September 22, 2023

Abra Berens’ raw courgette salad with crispy chickpeas is perfect for any summer or early autumn feast, pairing well with grilled meat or seasonal vegetables. It’s one of many inspiring recipes in Abra’s brilliant book Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes.

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 Lentil & Chickpea Lasagne

Lentil & Chickpea Lasagne

by James Taylor September 15, 2023

Chef James Taylor's Lentil & Chickpea Lasagne is a perfect meal to introduce children to pulses. Lasagne is a popular and comforting dish that most children are familiar with, encouraging them to eat pulses they may not have tried before.

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Baked Beans with Flamingo & Yellow Peas

Baked Beans with Flamingo & Yellow Peas

by James Taylor September 14, 2023

Chef James Taylor is on a mission to get pulses into school meals, using Hodmedod's beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas all this term as part of special Pulses Days in primary schools. Here's his recipe for baked "beans" made with pink and yellow peas from British farms instead of the usual navy beans (mostly from the US and Canada).

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Seared Aubergines & Cherry Tomatoes with Fried Lentils & Tahini Dressing

Seared Aubergines & Cherry Tomatoes with Fried Lentils & Tahini Dressing

by Abra Berens August 31, 2023

Silky soft aubergines contrast with crispy lentils in this dish, a great summer recipe from Abra Berens' Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes. Grist is packed with authoritative and wide-ranging information, recipes and inspiration for a great variety of grains, legumes and seeds.

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Coriander & Mustard Seed Crepes

Coriander & Mustard Seed Crepes

by Sam Hamrebtan June 29, 2023

This twist on traditional crêpes is made with yellow pea and fava bean flour, making it a great source of plant-based protein and gluten-free too. Created by the talented nutritionist, cook, grower and food presenter Sam Hamrebtan.

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Smoked Quinoa, Chickpea & Greens Salad

Smoked Quinoa, Chickpea & Greens Salad

by Hermione Blackshaw June 16, 2023

This salad is an excellent addition to any summery meal. The earthy flavours of smoked quinoa and chickpeas, go wonderfully with the fresh spicy pesto. Adapt the greens to what’s in season and locally available. Finished with creamy tahini and oat yoghurt and crunchy nuts and seeds.

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Pea, Pepper & Spinach Lunch Box Muffins

Pea, Pepper & Spinach Lunch Box Muffins

by The Cook and Him May 26, 2023

These delicious savoury muffins from The Cook and Him are packed with the flavour and goodness of pea flour and fresh red peppers and spinach. They're perfect for a lunchbox or afternoon snack.

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Kale & Quinoa Salad

Kale & Quinoa Salad

by Melissa at the Refill Barn May 03, 2023

This kale and quinoa salad, with satay-esque dressing, comes from Melissa of The Refill Barn in Radwinter, Essex. This salad is perfect for a quick and filling meal. Melissa served hers with some leftover pizza dough with olive oil, za'atar and some perello olives.

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Fava Fries

Fava Fries

by Louisa Sugdan April 20, 2023

These Fava Fries are quick and easy to make, with very few ingredients. Made with our flavorful and protein-packed Fava Bean Flour, they're gluten-free and vegan!

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