Warm Chickpea And Silverbeet (Swiss Chard) Salad and Sumac This dish has foods which are commonly consumed in a Mediterranean Diet. It is loaded with Mediterranean powerfoods, such as olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, chickpeas, cinnamon, lemon, onion, cinnamon and sumac.
Chick-peas contain saponins which act as antioxidants. Saponins have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, and they also have anti-cancer effects by blocking the development of cancer cells and stimulating the immune system.
The phytochemical limonene found in lemons, assists the body with detoxification and it also inhibits cancer growth by triggering apoptosis (where cancer cells essentially commit suicide).
Olive oil: is wonderful for heart health, reduced breast cancer risks and delays the effects of aging.
Tomatoes: contain a potent antioxidant called lycopene. It has been shown to reduce risk of heart attacks, prostate cancer, cancers of the stomach, colon and rectal cancers.
Garlic: promotes heart health, has anti-cancer effects and antibacterial effects.
Onions: reduced risk of stroke, anti-cancer effects, useful sources of folate and fibre.
Cinnamon: anti-fungal, enhances digestion and helps lower and stabilise blood sugar levels.
Sumac: Research has found sumac to have antimicrobial properties. Research further suggests that it may be used to treat and prevent hyperglycemia, diabetes and obesity due to hypoglycemic properties.
Mint: aids digestion, useful for chills, colic, headache, rheumatism and irritable bowel syndrome.
It's amazing how many benefits can be reaped from just one plate of food. Enjoy !
Preparation time: 30 minutes + overnight soaking
Total cooking time: 2 hours
250g (8oz) dried chickpeas
1/2 cup olive oil
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
2 ripe tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1.5kg (3lb) silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2-3 tbsp ground sumac
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Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !