Having made a hummus recipe recently it dawned on me that I haven’t used chickpeas much for a while even though they are a great addition to meals. Chickpeas do not have an excessively strong flavour but are very healthy and are great to use in all sorts or dishes from salads to burgers. Firstly I wanted to give you all a little information about the humble chickpea and you will see why I love it so much.
* Chickpeas contain phytoestrogens a plant form of oestrogen which is weaker than the oestrogen that we produce yet works wonders in the body. These can help work against oestrogen dependant cancers.
* Contain selenium which helps detoxify some cancer causing compounds from the body.
* They also contain folate which helps prevent cancer cell formation.
* Chickpeas are high in fibre so they are great for bulking up stool, reducing blood cholesterol levels and helping balance blood sugars.
* Chickpeas are rich in nutrients that are needed to form and maintain healthy bones.
* Improve heart health by reducing the level of fat in the blood.
* Chickpeas help keep you regular and reduce constipation.
* Although high in calories chickpeas are a bulking agent so can help in weight management.
* Rich in iron these are great if you are anaemic (the iron here is not like that in meat but is a nonheme iron so it is best combined with vitamin C to help it’s absorption by the body.
* Chickpeas are a great source of protein.
You are looking at a cup serving of chickpeas per person for the best benefits.
Here is my simple Simple Chick Pea Salad
1 tin chickpeas (400g)
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 spring onion chopped
1 large tomato
1tbs dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Strain and rinse the chickpeas and throw into a bowl.
Cube the feta and toss this in too.
Chop up the cucumber, spring onion, tomato and dill and add to the mix.
In a separate bowl combine the lemon juice, Dijon, honey and oil and stir well until it looks like this:
Add to the salad, stir and serve.