A garbanzo beans and bell pepper dinner

Over the last couple of months I have been obsessed with finding delicious recipes that are healthy.  I wanted to make sure my body is ready for a baby and once pregnant I want to give my baby the healthiest start in life. Healthy shouldn’t be a synonym for a tasteless feast and this recipe shows me exactly that. And the biggest perk? It’s really quick and easy.  I really enjoy making this dish, not only because it’s quick and easy, but also because it’s surprisingly flavourful.

This dinner is based on a recipe I found in my absolute favourite cook book of the moment, Puur genieten 2 (Natural Food That Makes You Happy) by Belgian Pascal Naessens.  I hope you enjoy my version.

Ingredients for 2food2
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell Pepper
2 red onions
½ chilli pepper (optional)
1 table-spoon of cumin seeds*
1 can of garbanzo beans (400 grams)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Small bunch of coriander (optional)

How I cook it

1. Needless to say, start with WASHing your veggies thoroughly
2. Chop the onions and bell peppers (rings/slices)
3. Chop up the chili pepper very thinly
4. Heat the pan and fry the cumin seeds in a dry pan (yes dry!) for about 4 minutes.
5. Add a dash of olive oil and fry all veggies for 5 minutes
6. Add pepper (a lot) and salt (to taste)
7. Add the garbanzo beans (drained!) and continue to fry
    (10 minutes or longer depending on your own preference)
8. Finish the dish with some coriander.
9. Give it a little taste and if satisfied, you are ready to serve!

Let me know how you liked it, or how you would improve it.

food 3

Though this makes for a perfect vegetarian dish, if you really can’t be without your daily serving of meat, the dish works very well with a nice cut of lamb.

I didn’t always like the taste of cumin. If you are not used to it yet, don’t hesitate to give the recipe a mediterranean twist by replacing the cumin seeds with parsley. Skip the entire cumin part and once the dish is ready, add 2 fistfuls of freshly chopped flat parsley. You could even fry some garlic along with the other veggies.

Pregnancy Benefits

Bell peppers are an excellent source for Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid and Vitamin. As a bonus they also have some levels of essential minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.

Garbanzo beans are packed with fiber, protein, vitamin B6, iron and manganese.

I am not a doctor, dietitian, or nutritionist … for detailed information check the disclaimer on this website/blog


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