What is a great source of zinc, folate, protein and dietary fibre?… And is low is fat?

The answer: chickpeas.

I am still working on my personal fitness and nutrition quest and am packing in the vitamins, minerals and protein. Chickpea salad is a really fast after workout lunch option or an easy dinner side dish. By slicing, grilling/roasting veggies like red peppers, eggplants and zucchinis, then marinating them in good quality extra virgin olive oil and dried Italian herbs, you can create a really special salad flavour kick. These marinated veggies keep well in the fridge when the veggies are compeltly covered in oil and stored in a air tight container.

Versatile Chickpea and Veggie Salad

1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 red onion finely diced
1/2 a marinated roast red pepper diced
2 slices marinated grilled eggplant diced
salt and pepper

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and combine gently.
Serve as a simple salad or in a toasted rice flour wrap with hummus.