Dec 112013

The benefits of chickpeas….Chickpeas are an excellent source of soluble fiber. In fact, one cup of these nutty tasting legumes supplies almost half a day’s requirement for fiber. The type of soluble fiber found in chickpeas is not only heart-healthy, but also helps to stabilize blood sugars. Studies have also shown that legumes such as chickpeas help to lower cholesterol levels. Their high fiber content makes them satisfying and filling so you’re less likely to head for the candy machine two hours after eating. Read more here


Chickpea Croquettes (Easy, quick and yummy)

· 1 cup chickpea flour (available at Bulk Barn) *

· 2 tsp ground cumin*

· 1 tsp chili powder*

· ½ tsp salt*

· ¾ cup hot water

· 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (slightly mash or more depending on how chunky you like them)

· ½ cup onions, chopped

· ¼ cup red or yellow bell peppers, diced

· ¼ parsley, chopped

· 2 tbsp lemon juice

· 1 tbsp olive oil

· 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)

  • Whisk together *, add hot water and mix. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Heat skillet over medium heat with some oil so as not to stick. Scoop 1/4 –cup of batter to fit about 4 pancakes in the frying pan. Cook 3-4 minutes and then flip and let cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve with mango salsa or experiment with other salsas. Serve plain or with sautéed spinach, Swiss chard etc.
  • Enjoy. Freezes well and keeps for a week in the fridge.

See Oct 2009 recipe section for a Greek Salad topping to accompany the croquettes.

Check out Black Bean Sliders, or Piri Piri Chicken with chickpeas and veggies

for another great meal idea!


Or how about this quick and easy bean salad!


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Dec 112013

Sesame-Ginger Dressing

¼ cup olive oil (or flax oil)
2 tbsp dark sesame oil
1/3 c rice or white vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp soy sauce, (Use Tamari or other organic product – skip the plain soy sauce if possible – just read the ingredients)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake.  Refrigerate. Shake before using.

I love Upayanaturals for my sesame seeds, oils and Tamari

Dec 112013

Black Bean Sliders

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup diced yellow or red onion
  • 1 cup diced yellow or orange pepper
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (made fresh or canned (drain)
  • 3 tbsp black or white chia seeds
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa (any colour)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, chopped
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped (optional, but very tasty- can presoak and dehydrate to release the enzyme inhibitors)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ tbsp yacon syrup (natural sweetener- could use real maple syrup or local honey)
  • Salt to taste

Heat oil over low to medium heat and add garlic, onion and bell pepper

Cook until soft (about 5 minutes) removed from heat

Mix in remaining ingredients and mash up to a consistency that you like (I like to mash the black beans so that the patties stick together – I’ll leave some slightly squashed)

Place in refrigerator, covered for 30 minutes to allow chia seeds to swell and absorb the excess moisture.

Form the mixture into 8-10 small patties (sliders) and either freeze for later or cook in a frying pan with coconut oil over low heat about 5 minutes per side. Or, place in oven on broil (or toaster oven) for about 5-8 minutes.

Serve with Avocados, tomatoes and coleslaw or a great green salad and guacamole. I also love mango chutney on the side!

Please use local and organic ingredients where possible. I use Upayanaturals for the coconut oil, chia seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, raw walnuts, yacon syrup, nutritional yeast, coconut oil. Ingredients may also be available at your local health food store.

From Whole Food to Thrive by Brendan Brazier

Tanya Morrison