Recipe for Wheat Free, High Protein Chickpea Bread in a Minimalist Kitchen
No Wheat, High Protein, Chickpea Bread with Avo.
What are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas are a light coloured legume that comes to us from Asia, the Middle East, and some countries in Africa. They also known as the garbanzo bean, Egyptian pea, chana, or chole. Hummus and falafel are two well known dishes which are made from chickpeas. Another plus for this legume is its healthy nutrient profile. While it does contain starch, 29% of it is protein, and it has high levels of Vitamin B6, iron, thiamine, folate, choline, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. One serving of chickpeas supplies half your daily fibre needs.
More than a decade ago, I just got sick of stuff. True, I have a habit of wandering from continent to continent, country to country, and city to city, and it really is stressful having to move everything!
Still, it is also far less stressful to keep life simple and to have few possessions. It keeps me sane, focused, centered, and happy.
It took quite a bit of rethinking to figure out how to live with the fewest pots, pans, and utensils, but I've finally figured it out. My minimalist kitchen is functional, provides everything I need, takes up very little space, doesn't need more than ten minutes cleaning per day, and it was cheap to do.
All in all, apart from the medium sized fridge, it consisted of a copper bottom frying pan that was non stick and had a lid, a small stainless steel pot, a trivet to use inside the pot for baking purposes (I settled for a metal cookie cutter), some utensils, a single knife, fork, desert spoon, teaspoon, a dinner plate, two side plates, two soup/desert bowls, two cups, one glass, some canisters to store food, a kettle, and a smoothie maker.
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Making Chickpea Bread in a Minimalist Kitchen
I’m a lousy cook. I truly do not have the cooking gene, so food preparation is something I want to get by as quickly as possible. Food preparation has be fast, tasty, and be healthy. Ingredients have to be easily available and inexpensive.
I love bread, and one of my favorite combos, especially for breakfast, is an avo sandwich. I don't eat grains (too much starch) so finding a non-grain, easy to make bread was vitally important to me.
All legumes are healthy. There is research that indicates that people who eat legumes have less diabetes, are less overweight, and increase their health in numerous areas.
As a rule, outside of lentils, I don't really like beans, so chickpeas is the perfect answer for me. I love the taste and the texture, and the fact that I can use it to make bread in the morning is ideal for me.
The recipe I use can either combine water and chickpea flour, or it can use water, olive oil, chickpea flour, and fresh rosemary.
There are two ways I can make chickpea bread in my minimalist kitchen. The first is by using my frying pan to 'fry' it. The second is to 'bake' it in my stainless steel pot on top of the trivet (cookie cutter) with a little water inside the pot to steam it.
Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make chick pea flatbread in my little kitchen!
Final Steps For Making Your Avo Chickpea Sandwich
Your final steps to enjoying your avo chickpea breakfast is to flip it from the pan onto your plate. You will already have mashed your avo ready to spread. Then you will spread the avo mixture (add salt if you like) over half your flatbread. Then fold the bread over the mixture, slice, and eat.
How to Make Chickpea Flatbread in a Nonstick Frying Pan
This is an easy and quick recipe for one person. If there are more people, you can double quantities. The bread will be thicker, and you will simply divide it between everybody present. If the dough is very sticky (less water), it isn't so easy to fold when it is cooked. If it has more water, it is easier to fold over.
The steps are as follows.
- Fill a bowl with half a cup of chickpea flour.
- Add half a desert spoon of extra virgin olive oil. You can skip this step or you can add more. I find that when I add the olive oil, the bread becomes easy to fold, and I can use it make tortillas, etc.
- Add half a cup of water.
- Mix until the mixture is smooth.
- At this point, you can also add fresh rosemary. It changes the taste slight, but it also adds a fragrance that is very pleasing to the senses.
- Pour into frying pan. If you don't have a non-stick pan, then spray with olive oil. I prefer not to use a Teflon coated pan because it is dangerous to one's health. I chose the particular pan I use because they use a technology that is automatically non-stick plus it's the easiest-to-clean pan I have ever owned in my life!
- Put on the lid and let it cook for about ten minutes. At that point, it should be set. It will be slightly soft on top. You can then put a spatula underneath. It should lift very easily, and you can flip it round. Let it cook for another minute.
- It is done, and you can now move it to your plate, add your mashed avo on one side, fold over, cut in several pieces, and eat.
I cannot stop raving about this cookware. If you have a minimalist kitchen, you can fry eggs without oil because it is fabulously nonstick without Teflon. It is the easiest pan in the world to clean. It just wipes clean, and in the six months I have had it, I've used it every day. It doesn't have a mark on it. I've roasted chicken, fried eggs, 'baked' bread, and done a stew or two. Always cook on a medium heat. Note that this frying pan comes with a lid and without a lid. The lid is important for different styles of cooking. Also, I advocate a square frying pan rather than a round one, as it bakes bread in a square rather than a round circle. It's much easier to fit chops into a square pan than a round one as well.
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Storing Chickpea Bread in the Fridge.
While your chickpea flour can be stored in your kitchen cupboard, once you have baked your chickpea bread, it needs to be stored in a container in the fridge. It will keep for two or three days.
Chickpea bread is best served with cottage cheese, avocado, anchovy paste, or sardines.
Another option to make chickpea bread
Which do you prefer
The Health Benefits of Chickpeas
They have a moderate number of calories for their density. The combination of nutrients in this legume keep you sated for a longer period of time than other foods, thus it appeases hunger. It has a high protein content (as with all legumes) as well as a high fiber content. Both protein and fiber are necessary for human health.
It is recommended to eat for those with diabetes and those who wish to control their weight as it keeps blood sugar stable.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Tessa Schlesinger