Chickpeas have to be one of my favorite staples in the kitchen. They’re so handy to have – whether they be dry and stored in a glass jar, soaking over night on the kitchen counter, sprouting in my ceramic colander under a kitchen cloth or organic tinned chickpeas in bpa-free tins, tucked away in the pantry. There’s so many beautiful recipes to make with these little legumes, and they make such delicious additions to simple summer salads to roasted vegetable platters to creamy hummus.
A great source of dietary protein, chickpeas are a great addition to any plant based diet. They’re pretty easy to prepare, are loaded with all sorts of great nutritional values and are really fulling. I especially love this Roasted Parsnip Hummus recipe, and may be slightly addicted to it! It’s really that good! Continue reading
So, my slight obsession with Cajun spice overflows into this post. I had to create something to accompany my delicious Cajun spiced hummus, and that’s where this Moroccan Chickpea Wrap recipe was born.
Inspired by the spectacular Kris Carr and the Chickpea Crepe recipe from her mouth-watering Crazy Sexy Kitchen Cookbook (serious food porn for the eyes might I add), this simple chickpea wrap gives the traditional tortilla wrap a run for it’s money! Continue reading
I’ve recently fallen in love with all things spice! And Cajun spice is pretty high on that list. I’ve been experimenting with different flavor combinations, and really just been having fun in the kitchen! The other day I made a batch of Cajun spiced chickpeas, mixed with some caramelized and slightly charred onions! My-Oh-My! They were absolutely delicious!!!
This tasty concoction got me thinking on how I could integrate these two flavors again in a different recipe. The combination of chickpeas and Cajun spice just worked too damn well! I had to combine them again! Continue reading
These days, with all the hype around the whirlwind of different diets/eating plans/lifestyle guides/’what-ever-you-want-to-call-them‘, it’s hard for me to keep up, let alone the person who’s tilting towards a healthier lifestyle and looking for a helpful guide. From vegan to raw vegan to vegetarian to paleo to banting to 80/10/10 to Raw til 4, this list carries on and on. Whether you’re looking for a diet that suits a gluten intolerance, or are seriously considering refraining from eating animals, there are so many inspiring people out there with bucket of knowledge and helpful advice to suit your specific requirements. What I encourage my clients is to find what feels right for their body. Get to know yourself, and how certain foods react with you. Find what feels good. I promote plant based lifestyle that is free from refined sugar, gluten and processed foods. Keeping it natural and nutritious.
With that being said, I created this delicious dish, that is my take on the traditional Tabbouleh. This one, however, is grain and gluten free, accommodating those with gluten intolerance, paleo diets as well as the banting masses. Continue reading
A plant based diet is slowly being recognized as the way forward, which is so exciting! As more and more people feel the benefits from eating this way, less are looking back at their ‘old ways’. Now one of the main things we as plant based eaters get asked constantly, over and over and over again, is “Where do you get your protein from? Are you eating enough?” I chuckle and remain nonchalant. The truth is, yes protein is essential for our health and for our body to thrive as it is the building blocks of every cell in our body, yet over the years, the big shots in control of the ‘RDA’ stats have blown the requirements of protein way out of proportion. Be that as it may, and before I go on a tangent about protein requirements, I have a delicious recipe for a chunky hummus, that is loaded with plant based protein, and is a staple in most ‘plant based thrivers’ kitchens.
This recipe is super easy, and I’m always so surprised at how much hummus you can make with one can of chickpeas. In an ideal world, I would have soaked and cooked my own chickpeas, but in reality, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat” 🙂 Continue reading
Chickpeas aka Garbanzo beans are an extremely versatile legume that are a healthy addition to any diet. They are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the Middle East, and are a noted ingredient in middle eastern dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries.
Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. They have a low glycemic index (keeping you fuller for longer) and are full of soluble fiber which helps to keep your blood sugar levels more stable and the metabolism of glucose more efficient. Continue reading