Chickpea Salad and Simple Mexican Stew

Chickpea Salad and Simple Mexican Stew

    Chickpea Salad

    Gluten free and vegan friendly this little salad is chock full of protein and fiber, which means it, is a salad that will stick with you until dinnertime. This makes a perfect light, yet healthy lunch alternative.
    • 2 cups Chickpeas- cooked
    • 1 oz. olive oil
    • 1 large cucumber- sliced
    • 1/3 cup of fresh dill- finely chopped
    • 1 lemon- juice and zest

    Place dry chickpeas in a large bowl, completely cover with water and allow to soak overnight. Drain chickpeas, place in a large pot or stock pan and add four cups of water. (Water is always double the amount of chickpeas). Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce temperature and cook for approximately one hour or until chickpeas are done to your personal preference. Place in bowl, top with sliced cucumber and set aside.
    Combine dill, lemon juice and zest in a mixing bowl and whisk together, creating a tasty dressing for your chickpea and cucumber salad.

    Pasta Marinara

     Who doesn’t love a big bowl of pasta on occasion? Thankfully, today’s gluten free pasta’s taste much better than they used to! Remember the days when you could not be sure if you were eating the noodles or the box? No more my friend!

    • 8 oz. dry gluten free vegan pasta
    • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 3 cloves garlic- minced
    • ½ cup chopped celery
    • ½ cup chopped carrots
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 oz. tomato paste
    • 14-16 oz. can tomatoes
    • 1-teaspoon dry oregano
    • 1-teaspoon dry basil
    • ½-teaspoon dry thyme
    • 1-teaspoon sugar
    • ½-cup water
    Heat oil in a large skillet and cook together until tender carrots, garlic, onion, celery and peppers. Add tomatoes, spices, tomato paste, ½-cup water and sugar. Bring entire mixture to a boil the reduce heat, cover and simmer ½ hour. Stir occasionally, checking for desired consistency.
    Follow packaged directions for preparing your particular brand of gluten free pasta. Most pasta is best served al dente. Cook pasta, drain, add marinara sauce and serve. Serves 4-6 people.
    Possible Gluten Free Pasta Option:
    Gluten free pasta is a bit easier to find than vegan-gluten free pasta! When all else fails you can make your own!

    Simple Mexican Stew

    If you thought you would have to give up your favorite type of food to stay on a gluten free vegan path, think again. Mexican stew is easy to make and delicious too!
    • 16 oz. cupful brown beans
    • 4 onions
    • 4 potatoes
    • 6 tomatoes
    • 4 Tablespoon sugar
    • 2 cups grape-juice
    • 2-lemon rind
    • Water
    • 2-teaspoon cumin
    • 1-teaspoon paprika
    • 1-teaspoon chili powder

    Soak beans in approximately 10 cups of water for around 12 hours, overnight usually works. Chop vegetables into bite sized chunks. Add all ingredients to stockpot with beans and simmer for about an hour.
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