All posts tagged: chickpeas

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Wasabi Avocado Hummus

Avocados are one of the best choices for quick small meal. It is healthy, filling and an awesome choice for guilt free snacking. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados combined with iron rich chickpeas make one power packed snack for your tired evenings. In this recipe, I have added a dash of wasabi for that extra bit of zing. Try this lip smacking recipe and let me know how you liked it 🙂 For the Wasabi Avocado Hummus: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained 2 ripe avocados, cut into chunks 1/2 cup wasabi infused sesame oil (you can replace it with olive oil) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 tbsp tahini 1 clove garlic pita chips, for serving Directions: In the bowl of a food processor, combine chickpeas, avocado chunks, wasabi infused sesame oil, lemon …

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Balela – Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

Here is a dish that that is tangy, with a hint of spice and everything nice. You could have this as a salad or could make for a side dish too. This recipe is inspired from snack that i purchased at costco (pita pal organic balela). We absolutely love it and I feel its a lot more cost effective to make it at home. Balela is a middle eastern dish and its brings forward a lot of the flavors from the area. You can experiment with this dish with the spices of your choice too to bring in a new twist. Here is the recipe that I love and I would encourage you to make it your own! For the Salad: 1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 2/3 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup diced shallots 1/4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes For the Dressing: 1 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp of lemon juice 1.5 tbsp olive oil (from drained sun-dried tomatoes) 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 …

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Carrot, Sweet potato & Red Lentil Soup

This one is my favorite 🙂 I have always enjoyed trying new food, new restaurants and getting inspired to develop my own little recipes. Soups definitely rank high on my list of things to do. They are healthy, very filling and fun to make. I tasted a lentil soup a while ago at Zeytins in Grand Rapids and so began my tryst with developing and making soups. This soup is an amalgamation of my own ideas and some inspiration from tasting and viewing a few really cool soups. Talking about this soup… Sweet potatoes and carrots go very well together. The sweetness of the tubers go very well with the texture and taste of carrots. They are both are very nutritious vegetables, rich in Vitamin A. Since they both are orange colored vegetables they are rich in beta-carotene which is a very nutrient in fighting many health ailments. Chickpeas and red lentils bring a new dimension to the taste and i think its a healthy way of adding some protein to the mix. This soup …