Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chickpea Vegetable Stew

Place 1 sliced red onion in a saucepan with 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1 tbsp hemp oil or olive oil.

Sweat over a low heat until onion is soft.

Stir in one red diced pepper, 1 sliced courgette, 1 trimmed and sliced leek,

1 (400g) can rinsed no salt, no sugar chickpeas and 625ml/ 1.2 cup cold water. Add two teaspoons wheat free vegetable biuollon stock powder and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are just tender. Serve with freshly cooked brown rice.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Carrot slaw

Ingredients

¼ of a white cabbage, finely shredded
2-3 carrots, grated
sunflower seeds
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tamari
1 handful of freshly chopped parsley

Method

Combine the cabbage, carrots, parsley and sunflower seeds in a bowl.

Mix up the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

Pour on the dressing and mix well.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Chickpea and parsley soup

Ingredients
Serves 4

1 ½ cups of dry chickpeas, soaked, or 2 tins of unsalted chickpeas
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp miso paste
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Method

Cook the chickpeas until soft (not necessary if using tinned).

Dry fry the mustard seeds and cumin seeds until they start to pop. Grind them with a pestle and mortar.

Sauté the onions with the bay leaves until soft. When nearly cooked add the chopped garlic and ground mustard seeds and cumin seeds and cook for a few more minutes.

Drain the chickpeas and blend with the onion and spice mixture after removing the bay leaves and miso paste, adding enough water to create the desired consistency.

Add some fresh chopped parsley and serve.

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