Whenever I need a substitute for meat in a meal I always think about chickpeas. Chickpeas are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. They also offer a variety of benefits such as aiding weight loss/management, aiding digestion and they can help reduce the rick of many diseases.
There are many reason I really like chickpeas but the main one is they can help to curb your appetite. The protein and fibre in chickpeas work together to help slow digestion. In turn this may help to promote fullness when eaten as part of a health diet.
Since we cut meat everyday from our diet I will try to use chickpeas as a substitute. Chickpeas, I think, make a tasty and healthy alternative to meat. When my son Ted was younger he loved chickpeas. Nowadays he’s not that fussed by them and neither is my husband but I love them. Therefore I have 5 recipes below that all use chickpeas just for you.
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On Saturday my husband Howard and son Ted love a cheese and homemade pickle toastie. Once upon a time, I would love one of these too, I have to be honest, sadly I can’t eat the bread and I also don’t eat a lot of dairy either. So I have found myself a delicious alternative lunch.
Nowadays I dig into hummus and my delicious sweet potato chips for a Saturday lunch. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I really enjoy experimenting with food. Plus I love making different versions of my recipes too. I’m not sure how this idea came to me but when I made it for the first time a few weeks ago I knew I had to put it on my blog for you to try.
When it comes to snacks I normally will head for the fruit bowl but occasionally I won’t always want a sweet treat. So I have recently been thinking about eating healthy savoury snacks. I really enjoy chickpeas in curries so I decided to roast them with cumin seeds to see how they tasted.
Winter is here and I love nothing more than a good old fashioned stew. The cold weather has really begun to set in and stews are perfect for this time of year. Due to a gluten intolerance I can no longer eat suet, which normally makes dumplings, but I have been looking for alternatives.
The kitchen is my favourite part of our home. I really enjoy being in it and inventing new recipes. When I thought of this one I was very excited. I have made chickpea burgers before but I have never tried to make a dumpling from them.
For me, chickpeas were a great alternative to suet. When I made the chickpea dumplings for the stew, they glued together well and held together well in the stew. These dumplings even gave the stew a creamy texture which we all enjoyed. It was a delicious stew that my little family loved eating.
While I was making this meal I thought it would also make a great vegan dinner.
So during the week I decided that we should eat this Molee as a vegan meal. There have not been many changes to the original dish I made on Monday. The only real change was that I have left the fish from the dinner. Also I used vegetable stock but you could use chicken stock if you are not a strict vegan or vegetarian.
We like to have at least two or three vegan or vegetarian meals in a week. In the past few years we have cut back on the amount of meat we eat for meals. So I’m always looking for good vegan recipes. When I thought of this one I was very pleased and so glad it was a yummy dinner too.
Every winter since I sent my son Ted to school he comes home with a cough that seems to last until the Spring. It has been like this for the last three years. One day last year I decided enough is enough and I went to visit our family homeopath, Dawn Waterhouse.
Dawn sent Ted a remedy. Ted took one pill when he got home from school. Within an hour of Ted taking the remedy the cough was gone. However we did find that their are other health issues that Ted needs help with. As well as remedies Dawn also gives advice on diet and what to eat from different aliments. She suggested Ted eat lots of courgettes.
So I decided to try courgettes instead of carrots or sweet potato in my chickpea burgers. My husband and I enjoyed them but my son took a little more convincing. He’s not the easiest of eater to feed and I know you shouldn’t hide food. Needs must when the devil drives as they say. Nearly all of us thought it was delicious and I will definitely be trying this one again.
Chickpeas make an excellent alternative to meat but they also make a great accompliment to meat dishes too. When I cook with chickpeas I tend to use the tinned variety. Although I am starting to experiment with dried and I find these just as delicious. Chickpea dinners can also be frozen. So you could make double of any of these dishes and put them in the freezer for another occasion. However you decide to eat these meals, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx