Chickpea soup recipe, and hummus too, is so easy if you keep a stock of frozen garbanzo beans; that's easy if you have a pressure cooker.
This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 8th January, 2019.
Another real concern of many folk is just how starchy are legumes? The chickpeas in this dish will contain about half the carbohydrate that you will get in a quarter of a slice of bread; not much I think you'll agree.
Yes, the world's favourite protein source is not beef, nor mutton; neither is it pork, chicken or fish. It's what the Americans call the garbanzo bean.
Healthy, full of phytosterols, low in glycemic index and cheap, this chickpea soup is slow food, made fast; it's all good stuff; but, legumes, in general, are short in flavour.
I'm a writer but no poet, but my aunt B, well into her nineties, made
this contribution for my brother and his dear wife who cooked a chickpea soup; here it is.
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 saccharine for sweetening.
In short, my little onions are full of crap. Don't use such as these for your chickpea soup. Take an extra 30 seconds and peel a real one, or use a leek.
These Silverskins are best described as junk food, and truth said, they taste of it too.
Or, as has been well said, you either have junk or you have food, but junk-food doesn't exist.
How much starch is that?
Onion (5g), carrots (15g), tomato (2g), chickpeas (30g), pasta (30g). Total 82g /6 servings.
On an extremely low carb diet as might be followed by a diabetic, epileptic, or the very obese, that would be far too much, but for the average person less than 15g of carbohydrate at a meal would be considered very low. By all means enjoy it with a slice of wholemeal bread.
TIP: Soak a couple pounds of chickpeas, pressure cook them and freeze them in cup-sized containers.
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.
Soaking the chickpeas overnight, draining and rinsing them several times to remove the lectins and other so-called anti-nutrients, and then boiling them for an hour or more does take time and a little effort.
They are incidentally the richest source of vitamin B6, one of the four frailty cheats, as I call them; those nutrients that will stop us losing our vitality and strength long before our time.
Cooking chickpeas is simple. Better still, I now use a pressure cooker.
Now you can get on with your chickpea soup recipe.
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 ...
Interestingly, by adding sourdough, and reducing the yeast, we have found that our bread causes far less indigestion; tastes a lot better too. This sourdough bread recipe ain't difficult; I make it every single day; it takes only five minutes to prepare the dough. It goes magnificently with our chickpea soup recipe.
A slice of bread contains about 15g of carbohydrate; I am soon going to be looking at the glycemic reaction to bread, comparing a slice of our sourdough with that from the store. I'm fairly sure it will be far less, but have no science yet to prove it.
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.
They are a lot more work though than our chickpea soup recipe; slow food, made fast remains our motto.
Hummus is in my opinion the easiest way to enjoy legumes every day; it's an alternative to this chickpea 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...?
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; the solution is soaking and rinsing before making your chickpea soup recipe.
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.
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!
Chickpeas and chickens help us reduce our reliance on red meat for protein.
Bernard Preston is semi retired chiropractor who has a passion for healthy choice foods like this chickpeas soup recipe. It's the only way to look forward to a life without medication; well, exercise is very important too.
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