Sometimes, when the weather turns a little cooler, a hearty bowl of chickpea soup is perfect for lunch. This Moroccan chickpea soup is warming and filling (and you don´t need to add bread to it – read our earlier article about bread here).
Health benefits of chickpeas
Chickpeas are great for helping you to feel fuller for longer, so include chickpeas a few times each week if you wish to maintain a healthy weight. As chickpeas leave you feeling satiated, they are great to include in your diet if you wish to lose weight. They are a fabulous source of dietary fibre – 2 cups of cooked chickpeas contain your daily recommended amount of fibre! Remember, fibre helps to maintain our digestive health. Chickpeas are also a good source of protein – one cup contains 15 grams. They are also a good source of many vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron and B-vitamins (in particular B6).
Vegan Moroccan chickpea soup recipe
Calories: 539 total, 135 per serving
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp turmeric
600ml hot water
400g can chopped plum tomatoes
Optional: Handful cherry tomatoes
400g cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
100g frozen broad beans
zest and juice ½ lemon
large handful coriander or parsley, to serve
Optional extra: shredded spinach
Cook the onion and celery gently for 10 minutes, in a little water, until softened, stirring frequently. Add the cumin, turmeric and garlic and fry for another minute. Add more water if necessary to prevent sticking.
Turn up the heat, then add the water, chopped tomatoes, (optional cherry tomatoes) and chickpeas, plus a good grind of black pepper. Simmer for 8 minutes.
Add the broad beans and lemon juice, cook for a further 2 minutes. If you wish to add spinach, now is the time to do it – add the handful of shredded spinach, give it a stir or two and then serve, topped with a sprinkling of lemon zest and chopped herbs.
Add an extra teaspoon of paprika and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to bring extra heat into the dish – include in the recipe at the same time when you add cumin and turmeric.
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About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).