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Gluten-Free Chickpea Flatbread

IMG_0036I’m not really a bread-eater anymore, but I do enjoy a homemade alternative every now and then. I’ve had chickpea flour (also called gram or besan) in my pantry for a while and never really knew what to do with it – except for falafels. So I googled “chickpea flour, bread”, and this Socca recipe came out.

Socca is a popular street food from Nice (south of France) that’s a bit like a dosa or a pancake. It’s vegan, gluten-free, high in fibre and high in protein. You can read more about the health benefits of the chickpea flour below the instructions. Continue reading

The beetroot falafels

It’s kind of grey and dark here in Brussels at the moment, so I’ve decided to put some colours in my cooking. Beetroot is definitely the best ingredient to do so – remember the beetroot hummus and its amazing colour? Some would argue that beetroot tastes like earth, but I have to disagree; I think that it’s sweet and delicious – if well prepared.

Here comes the beetroot falafel recipe I tried last night: easy, cheap and healthy!

Ingredients

  • Beetroots, 2 medium
  • Chickpeas, cooked, 250 g
  • Coriander, fresh leaves, a handful
  • Garlic cloves, 2 large
  • Sea salt
  • Cumin, ground, 1 tablespoon
  • Red pepper, 1 teaspoon

Procedure

Preheat the over at 180°C.

Peel the beetroots and cut them in cubes. Bake them for about 45 minutes until soft. I guess you could also steam them. When ready, set aside to cool down.

Put the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend. The mixture doesn’t have to be all mashed.

Roll into balls  – golf ball size. Place them on a baking sheet, and then press them into patty shapes (they’ll cook faster).

Bake them for approximately 7 minutes on each side, the closest to the grill.

Serve immediately. We had them with some rocket salad and feta cheese. Yum-my!

 


 

The health benefits of beetroots

The beetroot improves blood pressure; prevents heart disease; improves stamina and endurance performance; boosts brain function; detoxifies the body and cleans the blood; helps fight chronic diseases; and improves digestion. (Read more here)

The spicy roast chickpeas

What you can do with a can of chickpeas! These spicy roast chickpeas are super duper easy to make, and are also very healthy  – what else really? If you find yourself a bit tight on money at the end of the month, it’s perfect as it costs less than €1! I haven’t invented anything here though, I’d seen similar recipes on Pinterest but thought it was worth sharing. Sharing is caring, right?

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