Chickpea Balti

Everyone loves a good curry right? Well let us make a healthy and tasty alternative to the traditional takeaway. 🙂

Ingredients:

2 mugs of brown rice

A can of chic peas

A large handful of fresh baby leaf spinach

2 white onions

5 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon mild curry powder

1 can of chopped tomatoes

Salt

Chili flakes

Fresh coriander

Method:

  • Get the rice in a pan and pour over some water. Boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. (Rice always takes AGES.) Drain and plate up.
  • In the meantime (like the 30 mins it’s gonna take the rice to cook) chop the onions and garlic and fry in a little oil.
  • Add all the spices, salt and a sprinkle of chili flakes to your flavour choice.
  • Now drain your chic peas and add to the pan. Mix well with the spices to ensure that they are full coated.
  • Next, add your fresh spinach and stir into your curry mixture until it starts to wilt.
  • Finally add your can of chopped tomatoes and heat through adding salt if required.
  • Serve with fresh coriander and shop brought mango chutney.

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Please enjoy responsibly! 😛

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Creamy Chic Pea Salad

This is a leaner version of a creamy chicken salad, especially if you can get reduced fat vegan mayonnaise. I used to really enjoy creamy foods before I went vegan, so it was great news to me that this can be achieved with lower fat, high protein and by not harming any animals. What a result ay?

Ingredients:

* Two romaine lettuces.

* Fresh or tinned pineapple cut into triangles.

* Half a jar of reduced fat, egg free mayonnaise. (If you can get garlic mayo, even better.)

* Fresh or dried parsley, chopped finely.

* A large handful of walnuts

* A can of chic peas or 300g of sprouted chic peas.

Method:

Rinse the chic peas under the cold tap

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Add the mayonniase

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Combine together with a spoon or a fork and add in the parsley.

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Leave to stand for a few minutes to allow the flavours to mix. In the meantime chop your romaine lettuce using scissors if possible to trim the leaves down to a reasonable size.

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Place the lettuce on a plate, then spoon the creamy mixture on top. Now grab your pineapple and walnuts and sprinkle over the top. How easy was that? Dig in!

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Chic Pea, Spinach & Red Pepper Medley

This dish is brilliant for protein, iron and calcium. I often eat this as a post workout meal You can also make it raw by sprouting the chic peas and not cooking the spinach or red pepper.

Ingredients:

  • Either a can or 400g of soaked chic peas.
  • A whole red bell pepper, chopped.
  • A handful of washed baby leaf spinach.
  • 1 Tsp. olive oil.
  • 1 Tsp of parsley, basil and sea salt.

Method:

  • Heat chic peas in water for 10 minutes if from a can and 20 minutes if soaked.

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  • Fry the red pepper and baby leaf spinach in the olive oil for 5/6 minutes.

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  • Drain the chic peas and mix in with the pepper and spinach.
  • Add parsley, basil and sea salt.
  • Serve warm or cold for lunch the next day.

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