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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Healthy Dish: Sweet Potato and Chickpeas








I often heat up sweet potatoes for my lunch. They take no more than 5 minutes in my microwave, so it's fast and easy. One day, I decided to take my sweet potato and make it more nutritious by adding chickpeas. There's a local store that makes really good chickpeas and we often have them in the house. I also never usually add spices because I felt that sweet potatoes were good on their own, but I was doing healthy and there are many benefits associated with spices, so I decided to add them in this time. The result was amazing, and perfect for a chilly day, the spices warm you up and totally transform the sweet potato. Perfect for a chilly fall day. The picture does show a lot of chickpeas, you don't need to add that much, it may have actually been a little too much. You can serve this for dinner, or as a side as well.


Sweet Potato with Chickpeas
1 medium sweet potato-washed and scrubbed
store bought chickpeas (prepared)
Spices to taste if you don't like any of these just leave it out-Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Fennel Seed, Cumin

1. Cut an X in your sweet potato. Bake your sweet potato, this can be done in 5 minutes in your microwave. If you don't mind waiting longer, this can be done at 350 in your oven for an hour.
2. Peel and Cube Sweet Potatoes, you can leave the peel on if you'd like.
3. Spice to taste
4. Stir in generous amount of pre-seasoned store bought chickpeas.*

Other ideas for add-ins include baby spinach leaves, raw or lightly sauteed. You can also add other sweet squashes. It's very open-ended, so play around have fun.

*Please note that if using a canned chickpeas recipe make sure to rinse them and let them dry on a paper towel, as well as removing loose skins. You can always use your own chickpea recipe and/or use chickpeas you have sitting in the fridge.

Here is a recipe that may be somewhat similar to the prepared chickpeas that I use:
Chickpea Recipe-if you make this recipe, leave out the olives, tomatoes, scallions and parsley/cilantro for use in the above dish.

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6 comments:

  1. Never had chickpeas in my life :/ Do I live in the sticks? :) Looks yummy!

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  2. I love sweet potatoes and chickpeas too. This sounds yummy!

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  3. I love both sweet potatoes and chick peas. Looks yummy!

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  4. Yum, sweet potatoes and chickpeas sounds like a winning combination!

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  5. 5 ingredients or less, this is right up my alley. Thanks for posting.

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  6. This looks so filling! Perfect for a cold day! Thanks for sharing!

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