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After I’d made this salad, I patted myself on the back for quite a while. Not only was it interesting, tasty and colourful – but it was also filling in a feel-good kind of way. Thanks to the quick searches I made for inspiration, I learned how to make these delicious roasted crunchy chickpeas, which I suspect I might get addicted to.

You will need:

2 cups pumpkin, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces

2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved

3 cloves of garlic

olive oil

baby spinach leaves

1 tsp paprika or chili powder (to taste)

mixed seeds

a handful crushed roasted almonds

1 can chickpeas, drained and dried on paper napkins

juice of half a lime

To make:

Preheat the oven to 180 C

In a deep bowl, mix the pumpkin and Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and paprika/chili powder. Make sure the oil and spices are spread evenly then place the mixture on a baking tray and add the garlic cloves (you don’t need to peel them).

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Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the garlic cloves and check the vegetables. Add a dollop of olive oil if they have started to dry up, and add the seeds (I added some cherry tomatoes at this point too). Bake for another 20 minutes or until the pumpkin can easily be pierced with a knife.

For the chickpeas, follow this method.

Squeeze the garlic out of their skins once you’ve given them time to cool down, and chop finely.

Serve the pumpkin, Brussels sprouts and chickpeas on a bed of baby spinach. Squeeze some lime juice on top and garnish with seeds, garlic, and crushed almonds.

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You will need:

1 can chickpeas

2 tablespoons olive oil

paprika, to taste, about 1-2 teaspoons

pinch of salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200 C.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and dry them well on some layers of paper napkins. This is a very important step in ensuring that the chickpeas get crunchy in the oven.

In a bowl add the chickpeas, oil, paprika, and salt. Stir with a tablespoon to make sure that the chickpeas are coated evenly.

Lay on a flat baking dish and cook for 20 minutes, until they have browned, and are crunchy.

Consume this protein-packed snack on the day as a substitute for sugary finger foods, in soups, or as garnish in salads. More ideas for making roasted chickpeas here.

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I like making stuffed courgettes, the possibilities are endless, and I cannot understand why some people don’t appreciate the versatility of courgettes. So here I am, sticking up for the green vegetable, and presenting you with different ways to get them onto your plates! My go-to method is to stuff them with ricotta/cheese/parsley or sometimes minced meat, but this time I didn’t have either of those things in my fridge, so I opted to use what I already had.

You will need (2 portions):

1 round courgette per person

1 red bell pepper

1/2 a bulb of funnel (or according to taste)

1/2 cup spinach

2-4 sundried tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped cheddar or grated Parmesan (I used some chunks of Scamorza)

1 egg

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Trim the edges from your courgettes so that they can sit flat. Cut in half across the wider part.

Place in a deep pan with boiling water for about 20 minutes until soft. Fish them out and let them cool until they are cool enough to handle.

Preheat your oven to 180 C.

In the meantime the spinach, red bell pepper, sundried tomatoes, and fennel need to be chopped finely. Whisk the 2 eggs in a bowl and add all the ingredients, reserving some cheese for later, and add a pinch of salt & pepper to taste.

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Scoop out the insides of the courgettes, leaving a 1cm border all around, and being careful not to cut through the sides.

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Fill the courgettes with several spoonfuls of your mixture till the top and place in an oven-proof dish (a deep one is better as sometimes they will leak). Cook for about 30 minutes until they are browning at the top.

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