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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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36. Anything with a pulse

There are loads of different varieties of peas, beans and lentils, which can all be used in hundreds of interesting ways.

Don’t dismiss pulses as boring old vegetarian fodder, because you’ll be missing out on something really special.

A good source of protein, iron and fibre, beans and lentils work particularly well in soups and stews and can be a vital source of important nutrients for vegetarian children.

Dried pulses store well for long periods if kept in a dry, airtight container away from the light, but it’s best to eat them sooner rather than later as they toughen with age and take longer to cook. With the exception of lentils, green and yellow split peas, blackeye and mung beans, most dried pulses need a long ...

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