Spicy Chickpea Breakfast Bowl with Za'atar Eggs

 

Be honest with me... Do you eat 5-7+ serves* of vegetables a day?  Most people struggle to get more than 1 or 2 serves a day and then wonder why they don't feel energetic, struggle to lose weight and go to the loo... 

* a serve of veg is about the size of your fist! 

Eating more veg it's one of the simplest and easiest ways to get healthier - fast.  We all know we should be doing it but somehow, it doesn't seem as important as the brand of yoghurt we eat...  

If there is one thing I think we should all be doing it is eating more veg.  

Because we are overloaded with nutrition info, it's easy to get caught up worrying about which bread to eat or which almond butter is the healthiest. These small details can sometimes feel more important than something as obvious (perhaps too obvious!) as 'eat more veg'. 

So before you get caught up in the nuances of nutrition and spend a bomb at the health food shop (so not necessary to be healthy!), first make sure you've got the basics right because getting the basics right makes the biggest difference to your health. 

So in 2017, my new years resolution has been to eat more vegetables. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I eat lots of veg already. I eat salads for lunch most days and plenty of veg at dinner so naturally, breakfast is the perfect opportunity to supercharge my diet and include more veg.

This recipe is so, so easy and takes just 7 minutes to whip up.

Why this healthy recipe is so great for you!

  • Legumes and wholegrains are a brilliant slow-burning, high-fibre carb source so fill up! I personally need quite a bit of fibre to keep me regular (I guess we all do with the recommendation being 25-30g per day!) so I often toss legumes like chickpeas into casseroles, soups and salads - or to my breakfasts. Why not try it too..

  •  The eggs are affordable and a great source of protein and eating them doesn't increase your cholesterol! 

  • Tahini is a great source of plant-based healthy fats, stays in the fridge for ages and it's only made of one ingredient: sesame seeds. 

  • Oh. So. Tasty! Nourishment is more than just nutrients. Foods gotta taste good to be healthy for body - and soul ;) 

Spicy Chickpea Breakfast Bowl with Za'atar Eggs

Recipe tags; healthy breakfast recipe, healthy recipe, healthy vegetarian recipe

Cooking time: 7 mins :) 
Serves: 1 for a healthy breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 free-range eggs

  • 1 tablespoon of milk

  • 1/2 tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • Sprinkle of chilli powder

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves

  • Za'atar (middle eastern spice often available in supermarkets)

  • 1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon of tahini (available in health food aisle)

  • Salt and pepper

Method

1. Heat small fry-pan on med to high. Add 1 teaspoon of EVOO. Break in eggs, add milk and scramble until cooked. Add to small serving bowl.

2. Return fry-pan to heat. Add 1 teaspoon of EVOO and add chickpeas, paprika and chilli powder (I add a sprinkle but add more if you like). Mix chickpeas until heated through then add to serving bowl.

3. Return fry-pan to heat and add spinach. Cook for 30 seconds or until slightly wilted, then add to serving bowl.

4. Serve with cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle eggs with za'atar, drizzle the tahini onto the chickpeas and finish the dish with salt and pepper. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • I use extra virgin olive oil in my recipes. Highly quality EVOO is healthy to cook with even at high temps. Make sure it's 'extra virgin' and use within 6 months of opening as lots of the healthy antioxidants will be lost after this time. 

  • Add the remaining chickpeas to your salad or dinner! - or eat as a snack like me! 

  • You can soak your own chickpeas (I'd recommend it!) but I haven't gotten into that healthy habit just yet. I also rinse my chickpeas well and make sure I buy local rather than imported. 

  • Don't worry about wiping down the fry pan between foods. It adds flavour and is much easier to just keep going, even if there is residue. 

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