Chickpea soup recipe

Chickpea soup recipe, and hummus too, is so easy if you keep a stock of frozen garbanzo beans.




Jup, the world's favourite protein source is not beef, nor mutton; neither is it pork, nor chicken or fish. It's what the Americans call the garbanzo bean.

Healthy, full of phytosterols, low glycemic index, cheap, slow food made fast, it's all good stuff; but, legume recipes, in general, are low in flavour.

I'm a writer but no poet, but  my aunt B, well into her eighties, made this contribution for my brother and his dear wife who cooked a chickpea soup recipe; here it is. I recommend it strongly. My grandchildren love it too. 

So, add garlic, rosemary, thyme, garlic and tomatoes when cooking chickpeas; it's all good stuff. Sour cream too if your LDL cholesterol is in good shape.



Our Derek was Esther adoring,

But alas found the chick-peas quite boring!

By adding the sour-cream,

He created a taste-dream,

And now they're both peacefully snoring!


Here's an aside of some importance. I made a mistake this week. I bought a bottle of Silverskin onions, but I didn't have my specs with me. These food companies are devils. The print I couldn't read without my glasses, and only barely with them; acidifier citric acid, preservative E233, flavour whatever that means, and  sweetener saccharine.





In short my little onions are full of crap. Don't use such as these for your Chickpea Soup Recipe. Take an extra 30 seconds and peel a real onion.

These Silverskins are best described as junk food, and truth said, they taste of it too. Or, as has been said, you either have junk or you have food, but junk food doesn't exist.


INGREDIENTS of our Chickpea Soup Recipe

  1. One large onion
  2. A couple carrots
  3. One large tomato
  4. 3 cloves garlic and a couple slithers of hot chili
  5. 1 cup + chickpeas
  6. 2 sprigs thyme herb benefits
  7. 3 sprigs rosemary
  8. Half a pound of your favourite pasta
  9. Chicken bones stock (see below)

Cooking chickpeas the old fashioned way

PREPARATION

  • Soak the chickpeas for at least 12 hours, replacing the water several times.
  • Boil the chickpeas with the sprigs of thyme on low heat until tender, roughly an hour and half.

  • TIP: Soak a couple pounds of chickpeas, pressure cook them and freeze them in cup-sized containers.

  • Peel and chop your onion, and the carrots
  • Fry gently in a couple TBS butter
  • Add the garlic and the slithers of chili
  • Add the tomato, roughly chopped
  • Separately, in another pan fry the sprigs of rosemary in a little butter or olive oil for a couple minutes
  • Meantime boil your pasta until it's "al dente" (tender, crisp, still firm!)
  • Drain the chickpeas, rinse, and liquidise together with two cups of your chicken bones stock
  • Bring again to the boil, add the pasta
  • Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Garnish with your fried rosemary and slithers of cheese.


How to cook chickpeas



Cooking chickpeas isn't arduous, nor is it time-consuming, but it does take a little aforethought. Total time is about 15 hours, but actual work time, probably no more than five minutes.

  1. Soak at least a pound, and preferably about a kilo of dried chickpeas for at least 12 hours.
  2. Change the water periodically. Drain.
  3. In a large heavy pot, cover with boiling water and bring to the boil. Simmer on lowest heat setting. Better still use a pressure cooker (see below).
  4. Until properly tender. It may take up to two hours.
  5. Drain, rinse in cold water, and freeze what you aren't going to use in roughly 1 cup quantities. Done.

Cooking chickpeas is simple.  Better still, I now use a pressure cooker.

Now you can get on with your chickpea recipes ...


Soup and homemade bread. Of course!

It takes me five minutes (+ five hours, of course) to make the finest, simplest, wholesome homemade bread. Panera bread menu recipe ...


More chickpea recipes


Chickpea burgers 

The chickpea, a legume, is not unlike the soya bean but with a big difference. Chickpea burgers are delic, but frankly I don't care for soya beans. Hog food! On the other hand, chickpea burgers are a serious contender for hamburgers. Less flavour perhaps if you've been brought up on a McDonald's diet, but without the cholesterol, the hormones and the increased risk of cancer.


Hummus

Hummus is in my opinion the easiest way to enjoy legumes every day; it's an alternative to this chickpeas soup recipe.

I make hummus twice a week, because I sometimes add yoghurt and it doesn't keep too long. Believe you me, it NEVER gets thrown away. Even my grandkids are enjoying it now. I'll admit being a bit weird, but if I have good dollop for breakfast then I'm not famished at 11am, not unimportant when slaving away at the CHIROPRACTIC COALFACE ..

Then HELENS 15 EURO SALAD eaten at least 3-5 days a week, always gets a good scoop of hummus. On my lunch sandwiches...

You want to get off those cholesterol meds? Have Helen's salad and a healthy tablespoon of hummus every day and you're half way there. Add Quaker oats recipes  like muesli and an apple, rich in soluble fibre, and you're home and dry. 


ASIDE: A patient said to me yesterday how much less ache he has in his arms and legs since he has stopped taking statins. But he will have to change his diet. Cholesterol was up at 9. Dangerous. This Chickpea Soup Recipe is a great way to start. Chickpeas lie second only to oats on the cholesterol-lowering food list. Do it! Or suffer aching legs, and worse, loss of libido.


Chicken bones bouillon

Oh, I nearly forgot. Do you want to improve the flavour of all your chickpea soup recipe, and in fact all your soups, and the health of your bones? This simple chicken bones extract, rich in chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine has been shown at Harvard medical school to be a winner with the inflammatory arthritides. Suffering from joint disease...?


Are phytates bad?

Many plants have a compound called phytic acid that reduces the glycemic index; how quickly sugar is absorbed into the blood stream. However it also binds to minerals like iron and calcium.

Fortunately research suggests the influence is at worst minimal, with the possible exception of added bran; get it rather from 100% wholewheat or oats and then it has little effect.

Vegetarians are no more prone to osteoporosis or iron deficiency anaemia that omnivores. If interested or concerned read this are phytates bad page. Am J of Clin Nutrition.


Healthy choice foods

Healthy choice foods are for those who desire strongly to take no drugs at all, or very minimal. Regularly dipping into this chickpea soup recipe and hummus is a great start to reducing our reliance on red meat for protein.

I love my red meat, but chickpeas belong firmly to my healthy choice foods, allowing us to reduce our reliance on beef, pork and mutton for protein.

I am about to start building a "chicken tractor" in our garden; watch this space. It's for eggs, and fertilising the garden, not chicken on the bbq, though my son in law has named one of the hens Barbecue!



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Bernard Preston

Bernard Preston is semi retired chiropractor who has a passion for healthy choice foods like this chickpeas soup recipe.


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