The chickpea is a legume that is also classified as a whole food. Chickpeas are a great vegan or vegetarian source of protein. They are also rich in folate, fibre and zinc.
- Fibre is necessary to keep our digestive system functioning well
- Folate helps produce red blood cells to give us energy and also assists in forming the brain chemicals that control sleep, pain and mood regulation
- Zinc is an essential mineral for keeping our blood sugar balanced and is also vital for boosting our immunity.
Aside from the scientific nutritional benefits that chickpeas provide us, they are also extremely versatile for cooking. A simple tin of chickpeas can form a fresh mediterranean salad, a hearty vegetarian soup or a middle eastern hummus dip.
The little tin of chickpeas at the back of your cupboard could one day be your saviour.
Below is a recipe for a delicious chickpea burger that takes about 20mins in total to prepare and cook. It is a great alternative to a meat burger and is packed full of flavour.
Serves two people
- 1 x can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 x small carrot grated
- 2 x tbsps of sweetcorn
- 1 x shallot finely chopped
- 1 x small egg
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1 x handful of coriander washed and chopped
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- Dash of soy sauce
- 2 x tbsps rice flour
- Pop all the ingredients into a food mixer and whizz until smooth.
- Form the mixture into four burger shapes
- Lightly pat with some rice flour
- Pan fry on a medium heat for approximately four minutes on each side
- Serve with a mixed salad and some lemon