Chickpeas

Fennel, Orange & Chickpea Salad

(serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp grain mustard

1 tbsp maple syrup (or 1 medjool date, pitted and puree with a little water in the blender)

Juice ½ lemon

Salt & pepper, to taste

½ fennel bulb, finely sliced

1 small red cabbage, finely shredded

2 oranges, cut into wedges

1 avocado, sliced into strips

Handful of spinach

½ cup cooked chickpeas

METHOD

1. Place the mustard and maple syrup or pureed date into an airtight container. Squeeze in lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Seal with a lid and shake well.

2. Assemble the salad on a large platter and pour over the dressing. Lightly toss the salad and serve.

Mushroom Beets and Chickpea Casserole

(serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

1 red onion, cut into large chunks

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 carrots, cut into 2cm lengths, then cut into quarters

6 very large mushrooms, cut into 1cm slices

6 baby beetroots, cut into 2cm cubes

1 bay leaf

1 sprig rosemary

1 can chickpeas, drained

4 tomatoes, diced (or 1 can)

4 cups vegetable stock

Salt & pepper to taste

2 tbsp brown rice flour

½ cup water

1 cup wholemeal couscous

METHOD

1. Heat a frypan and add the onion, garlic and saute over a medium heat for 2 minutes, and add a little water to deglaze the pan.

2. Add the carrots, mushrooms, baby beets, bay leaf rosemary and chickpeas.

3. Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable stock and stir through.

4. Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Mix the arrowroot with water and add to the pan. Stir well and allow to thicken.

6. Meanwhile, add the couscous to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover with a cloth and let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve with the casserole.