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You're going to need a bigger pot!

Pulse Canada has just put the finishing touches on a new large-scale recipe collection. 13 new tasty, large-scale recipes were designed specifically for the foodservice and healthcare industries. Of course, these recipes could also come in handy if 500 of your closest friends show up for dinner. It could happen.

It goes without saying; large-scale recipes are no small undertaking. Pulse Canada was happy to partner with Saskatoon Health Region on the project which has since been dubbed “The Pulse Potential: Large Scale Recipes for the Foodservice Industry”. Together we devised, tested and tasted many great recipes. In the end, only a baker’s dozen made the cut.

All the selected recipes can be prepared in 50, 100, 250 and 500 batch sizes, but size was not all that mattered. At the outset of the project, an on-line survey of 60 dietitians working in Canadian health care foodservice institutions was conducted. Information gathered during this process was used to establish inclusion criteria. All of the following were taken into account: recipe type, batch and portion size, cost, main dietary or health benefit, and of course the inclusion of pulses.

Pulses are a natural base for healthy meals, as they are low in fat, high in fibre and protein, and research has shown that consumption of pulses can have positive impact on blood sugar control, weight management and satiety, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The tasting stage of recipe selection occurred in health care facilities throughout Saskatchewan. Residents and staff from acute care, long term care, rural and urban health care facilities all signed on as taste-tasters. The preferred plates were quickly determined.

While these recipes were developed for long term care facilities, all are suitable for use in almost any institutional or commercial foodservice establishment. What school cafeteria couldn’t benefit from protein punch?

The 13 large-scale recipes chosen for inclusion in “The Pulse Potential” can be found online at Pulse Canada will also distribute hard copies of the recipes to food service and health care professionals throughout 2013. All recipes will be delivered with a bonus Scale-up Manual, which includes nutrition information, a list of pulse growing regions, cooking tips and methods, and shares important sustainability information.

*Pulse Canada would like to acknowledge Vicki Dutton for initiating this project with the Saskatoon Health Region.

* Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Flexibility Fund, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.