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Moroccan Chickpea Soup

It’s been awhile since I’ve have chickpeas. 

I cut out beans from my diet quite some time ago due to reacting to salicylates which are a compounds found in foods from plants: most fruit, some vegetables, herbs, spices, tea and flavour additives. For example, citrus fruit, berries, tomato sauce and mint flavouring are naturally high in salicylates and so are processed foods with those flavours. Many beans and legumes also contain them. 

Salicylates are also found in medications, fragrances, industrial chemicals, plastics and some pesticides, and can cause adverse effects when inhaled as well as eaten.

After suffering with a ton of food sensitivities and intolerances and trying to follow a mainly vegetarian diet almost 4 years, my health unfortunately started to suffer. 

My digestive system was not happy and it hurt to eat. 

After much elimination I found I functioned much better without beans. I took the time to heal my gut, focus on increasing my fat intake and I introduced meat back into my diet.

I follow what I like to call The Qualitarian Diet. For me, it’s not about following just ONE type of diet, ie. raw, vegan or paleo; it’s really about incorporating different parts and aspects from these diets into what works best for me. 

So if I feel like beans, I eat them. If I feel like sitting down to a strictly raw meal, then I will. If I want to enjoy a delicious roasted chicken, so be it. I listen to my body, what it wants and choose QUALITY always. 

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And now… onto this incredible Moroccan Chickpea Soup. 

The spice blend is so fragrant and healing and really adds so much flavour to this dish. 

With the protein and fiber from the chickpeas, you’ll be full and satisfied. 

I find this soup is even better the next day after all the spices have had time to meld together. 

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

Moroccan Chickpea Soup
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, medium diced
  2. 5 to 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. 1 heaping teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  7. 1 (14.5-ounce) can organic chopped tomatoes
  8. 2 398ml cans organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed well (I use Eden Organic)
  9. 1 quart organic low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  10. 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  11. Olive oil, butter or ghee
  12. Sea Salt
  13. Freshly ground black pepper
  14. 1 (5-ounce) package pre-washed organic baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil/butter/ghee in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until the onions begin to turn translucent; lower heat if browning starts to occur.
  2. Add spices and saute a minute or so.
  3. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, and sugar. Season with a couple pinches of salt and 10 grinds fresh pepper. Stir well.
  4. Chickpeas should be just covered with liquid. If level is shy, add some water so the chickpeas are just covered.
  5. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat and gently simmer for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Remove soup from heat. Use a potato masher to mash up some of the chickpeas right in the pot.
  7. Stir in the spinach and let heat through until wilted, just a couple minutes.
  8. Season again, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve soup hot and drizzle lightly with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired
  10. Enjoy!
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7 Ayurvedic Healing Spices that will Change Your Life!

 

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Leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping as we enter into my favourite season of the year- fall! I love how our bodies begin to crave warming foods as we come out of the summer season. As we begin to crave more warming and seasonal fall foods, it gives us the perfect opportunity to start playing around with  spices. Spices not only add many flavours to a dish, but they are incredibly healing to the body. If you look back to Ayurveda practices (eastern medicine practiced in India for thousands of years!), they use a ton of spices in their cooking. The Ayurveda philosophy uses spices regularly as their healing method or their “prescription” of choice due to the healing properties that exist in them. I would love to share with you 7 Ayurvedic healing spices that will change your life!

  1. Cinnamon – By simply smelling this wonderful scent, it increases brain activity. Meaning the scent alone of cinnamon boosts brain function! It also has anti-clotting effects in the body, anti-microbial properties and is amazing for blood sugar control. With the amount of skipped meals, and standard American diets (ie. processed foods) that are high in sugar, I think everyone could use a bit of cinnamon to aid in stabilizing blood glucose levels in the body. My favorite way to enjoy it: Adding it to my homemade hot chocolate and my morning smoothies!
  1. Rosemary – I love rosemary! It is probably my favorite of all spices, if I had to pick just one! Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, boosts the immune system, improves circulation and aids in digestion. Some studies suggest that it increases blood flow to the head and brain, boosting concentration levels. My favourite way to enjoy it: Combine lemon, olive oil and rosemary and brush it on your fish or chicken before cooking it.
  1. Ginger – Ginger has an active compound called gingerols and studies suggest that this compound may inhibit growth of colorectal cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory effects on the body and is an amazing immune booster. My favourite way to enjoy it: Ginger and lemon tea is one of my favourites, especially when I feel a cold coming on! You can make this yourself so it is more bioavailable. Add the juice of half a lemon and two 1-inch pieces of ginger to boiling water. Let it steep for maximum benefit. Or try this flu busting juice recipe HERE.
  1. Cumin – this potent herb is an excellent source of iron, which is a vital component of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to our cells. Cumin has been shown to contain anti-carcinogenic properties (ie. cancer protective substances), and benefits the digestive system by stimulating excretion of pancreatic enzymes. These enzymes are a critical component for nutrient assimilation and good digestion. My favourite way to enjoy it: In soups! This is an amazing spice to toss in your favorite homemade soup recipe, especially this spinach and quinoa soup recipe you can find HERE.
  1. Fennel – contains a host of phytonutrients with strong antioxidant properties. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which is the body’s main water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C is responsible for offsetting free radicals in the body and without it, it can cause cellular damage, leading to a ton of potential illnesses. Fiber, folate and potassium are also present in large amounts in fennel, which are beneficial for cardiovascular and colon health. My favourite way to enjoy it: Salads are probably my go-to for fennel. I love tossing this in any of my quinoa, spinach or kale salads.
  1. Turmeric – this is an incredibly powerful spice that has been used in the Chinese and Indian medical systems for years to treat hundreds of inflammatory conditions. I am telling you, they know what they are doing over there! It is a safe, natural anti-inflammatory that is effectively used to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cystic Fibrosis. This amazing spice also inhibits cancer cell growth, improves liver function, provides cardiovascular protection, lowers cholesterol and is a protection against Alzheimer’s disease. All of that in one spice, I know, it is pretty incredible!! My favourite way to enjoy it: I love adding turmeric to my wild and brown rice, giving it color and a wonderful flavor! Or you can even try making this ginger turmeric lemonade. It’s delicious! Recipe HERE.
  1. Cayenne – this spice helps to fight inflammation in the body. There are high amounts of beta-carotene (or pro vitamin A) and vitamin C that when taken regularly is known to boost immunity. It can clear congestion as it helps to stimulate secretions that help clear mucous. This makes it an excellent spice to use if you have congestion in the lungs or nose. Cayenne is also known to increase metabolism, making it a great aid for weight loss. My favourite way to enjoy it: I like to put a dash in my homemade humus to give it a bit of a kick!

These 7 spices are only the beginning! In North America we tend to commonly use salt and pepper as our spices and need to begin experimenting more with all the wonderful and flavourful spices and herbs that are available to us. Not only for improving the taste of our dishes but for the healing properties that exist within these foods. Research continues to show us the many health benefits of spices, and the list above is only the beginning. Its time for you to get creative! Play around with some spices and herbs in your kitchen and have some fun with it!

Happy cooking!

Stephanie xo

 

 

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