Chickpea and Blackbean recipe, to give your body a boost

A delicious, easy recipe for any time in pregnancy, but especially good when you want to give your body a boost of energy around the time baby might make an appearance.

 

Some EXCITING facts about why chickpeas are great for pregnancy:

 

  • They're bursting with nutrients -  in a cup of chickpeas your body gets 12 g of dietary fibre, 15 g of protein, more than half of your daily needs of vitamin B6, and around a quarter of your daily needs of iron.

  • Your cup of chickpeas contains some choline, needed for your baby's nerve and brain development

  • A huge 65% of your daily needs of manganese is in your cup of chickpeas. What is manganese?! It helps in skeletal development so it's vital to the health of your growing baby.

  • Chickpeas help your body to maintain blood sugar levels and offer a boost to your energy levels during pregnancy.

chilli recipe to give body a boost

Serves 4

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 tsp ground cumin (did you know cumin can aid with digestion and constipation?)

1 tsp of ground coriander

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed.

350g or 2 cups of rice, I prefer basmati

2 handfuls of chopped curly kale

salt and pepper

1 block of Feta cheese

 

Method

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan then add the onions and garlic.

Cook over a low-medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes.

Add the spices, stir to coat all the onions and cook for about a minute until they become fragrant.

Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, beans and a quarter can of water and mix everything together. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook your rice following pack instructions.

Before serving, stir the kale through the hot chilli.

Serve the chilli on rice with a handful of feta crumbled on top.

 This recipe is from the wonderful Kate Calder, mum of Sonny and professional cook extraordinaire

This recipe is from the wonderful Kate Calder, mum of Sonny and professional cook extraordinaire