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Week 4 Eco-friendly Food Challenge

Posted on May 14th, 201210 comments

Variety of legumesWeek 4 

The final challenge encourages participants to find, make and try meals made with legumes. Legumes are efficient to grow and are a particiularly healthy food choice. The Heart Foundation suggests adults eat at least two legume meals per week. If you are vegetarian, you probably will have no trouble meeting this challenge, however, this is your chance to provide advice and support to the rest of the group. In our previous Eco-friendly Food Challenge, the key barrier to including legumes was convincing family members, especially teenage boys, and house mates to accept legume-based meals.


During Week 4, you might want to comment on:

  • Your experience of Week 3
  • Do you eat enough legume dishes? If not, what makes it difficult? If yes, what is your secret?
  • To soak or buy tinned legumes? Read page 2 of Challenge 4 and tell us what you think?
  • Found a wonderful recipe? Please share it by sending us a link or if it is your own recipe, sent it to the along with a photo so we can publish it on our recipes page.
Author: Barbara (Queensland Health)


Barbara said...

I have to admit this was the hardest challenge for me last time I completed the Challenge. My 16 year old son is convinced that meal = meat. My best strategy is cutting down on the beef serve sizes and adding legumes. In Mexican dishes, this works really well e.g. mince and kidney beans. In the same way, chickpeas seem to go well with chicken. Mixing meat with legumes also reduces the overall cost of meals.

May 14th, 2012 at 11:57:11 AM

Holly - Student said...

This is definitely my favourite challenge- and I haven't even tried the recipes yet! Im most excited to try the 'Blackbean Brownies' and 'Corn and Bean Pie'. I am big fan of beans and love cooking them myself as I prefer the consistency. Beans are a very important source of protein for me, as I am a vegetarian. Maybe after cooking these recipes, I can convince my family to eat more legumes!

May 15th, 2012 at 08:02:29 AM

Nazurah - Student said...

Hi Barbara, I have to admit I don't cook much of legumes in my meal. I remember my mom use to cook a traditional porridge dessert made from green beans and coconut milk and its delicious! But I'm not sure if its healthy. It will definitely be worth a try to cook more of legumes to get my daily protein rather than eating meat all the time! They are not even cheap.

May 15th, 2012 at 05:30:54 PM

Thomas said...

I love this challenge!! Made some delicious homemade baked beans last night. I used a mixture of borlotti and canellini beans. It also gave me a chance to rid my cupboard of some of the more travelled products. Next on the menu: some falafel made from scratch. Yum!

May 17th, 2012 at 07:59:37 PM

Will said...

Sounds great Thomas! I think Jamie Oliver's baked beans sound good too. Just go to

May 17th, 2012 at 08:00:46 PM

Will said...

Sounds great Thomas! Did you use your own recipe for baked beans or Jamie Oliver's? Go to

May 18th, 2012 at 01:57:10 PM

Katherine said...

I personally love cooking with beans and legumes, not just for the taste and environmental benefits, but also because cracking a tin from the cupboard means little to no planning (no need to dig through the freezer to find a mysterious lump of meat to defrost 24 hours earlier). I have similar challenges as Barbara in that living with a meat-eating man means getting creative (also can be read as 'sneaky'). I find the fewer details you provide to the meat-man, the better. For instance lasagne/spag bol is demolished so quickly that he doesn't realise that more than half of the 'mince' he just ate was lentils. No complaints yet. Legumes are just so versatile that I have found ways to include them into almost every dish- from soups to curries, stir fries to pasta dishes. No recipe required, just trial and error and using whatever vegetables are in the fridge and whatever beans are in the cupboard, soon enough favourite flavour combinations are discovered!

May 18th, 2012 at 02:39:18 PM

Jemma O'Hanlon APD said...

Hi everyone,

Loved this legume challenge. I regularly add chickpeas or beans to salads and find the extra protein, carbs and dietary fibre really helps to sustain you for the rest of the day.

Can't say I've cooked a lot with lentils, but on the weekend decided to try this amazing sounding dish for brunch - Baked eggs with spiced lentils & eggplant. One word - yum!! Here's a pic

It's great to see cafes in Melbourne showcasing legumes. This one was called Birdman Eating - if you are in the area (Fitzroy) be sure to check it out.

We also have Lentil As Anything down here (3 non for profit restaurants), where the philosophy is for customers to 'pay as they feel' and diners are asked to simply donate what they feel the meal is worth. Interesting concept. You can read more at

Finally, I had no luck finding black turtle beans on the weekend. Any suggestions where I can find these? I am dying to make the brownies in the legume recipe book!

Have a great week


May 21st, 2012 at 12:02:42 PM

Tim said...

you know, I never really fteruae kelp in recipes, but use it while cooking. My favorite way is to put it in the water while cooking dried beans makes them easier to digest, and the minerals from the kelp seep into the water and then on into the beans as they absorb. You can take the kelp out at the end, but I often blend it in when I make a bean dip. I also sometimes cut it into little bits with my kitchen scissors into a veggie soup, or a miso broth with tempeh green onions.

Jul 11th, 2012 at 09:09:58 AM

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Apr 11th, 2013 at 02:21:19 PM

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