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Crushed Chickpea Salad
Member Name: grey0220
Advantages: Quick, cheap, and no fussy ingredients
Disadvantages: Maybe a little too oily for some, but it's olive oil! So good for you.
I gave up all meat recently for Lent, and found myself having to become quite creative with my cooking in order to get all the nutrients I needed. Chickpeas are a very good source of protein, and are very popular in Mediterranean cooking. Most people are familiar with them in their pureed form, as in hummus.
I have had varieties of chickpea salad before, and whilst delicious, they are mainly cold, using green and red peppers and varieties of vinegar for a kick. This recipe caught me eye because it was warm, and having been on all-veg diet, I had been (bizarrely enough) been craving hot food - too many salads!
This recipe is also great because most of the ingredients you'll already have - it's a really good 'cupboard' recipe. It's also incredibly fast!
- 1 400g can chickpeas
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- 1 onion
- 200g frozen peas (more or less)
- 1 lemon
- warm bread to serve
Slice the onion into half, and then vertically slice. Soften the onions in olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the frozen peas. Squeeze in juice of half a lemon. Allow to cook. Right before the frozen peas finish (I deem them cooked when I can't see any more white bits of frost!), add the drained chickpeas. Take off the heat and cover so the chickpeas warm through.
Once chickpeas are warm, crush them with a potato masher or just the back of a fork - you shouldn't want to mash them up, I think it's best when there's a mixture of whole chickpeas and crushed ones.
Serve alongside your favorite warm bread and more olive oil on top, with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. I like to make almost a sandwich of it, allowing the poured-on olive oil to soak through the bread.
Summary: A yummy, yummy way to get your protein!