Tonight whilst grocery shopping I spied an old health-food enemy on the shelf: chick peas!! I seized the opportunity and decided to overcome my childhood dislike of these notably healthy legumes by creating something delicious with them for dinner. The result was surprisingly delicious and it is my pleasure to introduce to you… Delicious Vegetarian Nachos, Chick Pea Style! The also have the added benefit of being sugar free and gluten free too.
- 1/2 bag healthy corn chips (Mission Original Tortilla Chips White Corn, or Macro Organic Original Flavoured Corn Chips)
- 1/2 can chick peas, drained (425g Macro Organic No Added Salt Chick Peas)
- 1/2 large red onion (or 1 small)
- Palmful of pumpkin kernels (Macro Raw & Natural Pumpkin Kernels)
- 2 cups Homemade Pasta Sauce (My recipe will be uploaded soon)
- Splash of organic olive oil (Macro Organic Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- Ground paprika, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Freshly ground sea salt, to taste (OPTIONAL)
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 1 big dessertspoonful of organic plain yoghurt (B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Organic bio-dynamic natural yoghurt, swiss style)
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the diced onion, drained chick peas and pumpkin kernels. Stir, to evenly coat with the oil, and cook until the onion is tender.
- Add the pasta sauce to the frying pan, and stir to mix through evenly.
- Sprinkle over the paprika, pepper and salt, to suit your taste. (I recommend just enough to give it a little bit of ‘zing’, to complement the guacamole.)
- Continue to stir over low heat until sauce is evenly heated through.
- Meanwhile, mash the avocado with a fork in a small bowl, then mix through the yoghurt.
- Divide the corn chips into two serving bowls, pour half the sauce mix over the top of each, and dollop a big spoonful of the guacamole on top!
- Serve immediately and enjoy this delicious treat!!
Suitable for: Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Sugar-free
Lactose-free variation: Replace the organic yoghurt with a lactose-free yoghurt or leave off the guacamole altogether. I prefer to use the organic yoghurt (so my body is not affected by the added hormones found in non-organic dairy products) and take a lactose tablet instead. Neither is a perfect solution, so pick your poison. 🙂
NOTE: I’ve given the brand name of ingredients where possible. I choose these items because they are the healthiest varieties I can find available. I choose organic where possible, always no-added-sugar, opt for no preservatives, colours or flavours (artificial OR natural) whenever possible, and as a basic rule of thumb, the least number of ingredients the better (and even better if you know what they all are!). And if there’s any form of sugar listed in the ingredients, PUT IT RIGHT BACK ON THE SHELF!!! That’s my personal philosophy, but you can choose what you’d like to use; it’s your body you’re putting it into. 🙂