Yes you heard that right!
Bagels that are low carb, grain free AND high in healthy fibre which keeps you full and satisfied, plus feeds a healthy gut microbiome. What more could you want?
Healthy can be yummy too
This is one of those recipes I’d love for people to try when they say that healthy food is too complicated or boring or bland.
Healthy food doesn’t have to equal deprivation. You can still have your favourite things, just made with more nourishing ingredients that feed your body better.
These can be served with anything you like and used at whichever meal of the day you prefer. I like to toast them and top with avocado and some spices or else with Violife plant based cheese spread and sun-dried tomatoes for a savoury breakfast.
I love using seasonal pumpkin or squash for warming, hearty stews during the colder months. The warmth from the curry paste really contrasts nicely with the mild natural sweetness from the tomatoes to create a really comforting meal.
This recipe is so easy to make and requires just a handful of cheap store cupboard ingredients. Plus it only requires one pot which means less washing up afterwards which is the bane of my life sometimes!
I used pumpkin and beans in this recipe but you could also chuck in whatever other veg you have going spare in the fridge or simply to bulk out this meal and add extra goodness to your diet that day. Remember, the more variety of fibre and plant based foods you get in your diet each week, the better your gut health will be in general.
The second serving makes a great lunch the next day or speedy dinner. I love coming home to this knowing that it ready to go after just a few minutes of reheating and saves me cooking that night again. I actually got addicted to this that I made this recipe like 3 times in 9 days because it was so easy and yummy.
This savoury pancake recipe is packed full of veg and fibre plus is great for a quick cook meal any time of the day, double up the recipe to make seconds for the next days lunch. It’s so versatile as well because you can serve it with your favourite dressing or sauce and use up any spare salad that’s lying around your fridge too.
Grain free high fibre chickpea flour-where you find it?
I use chickpea/besan flour (made from baby chickpeas or split lentils) which is super cheap and can be found in large Asda or Tescos, find it in the aisle where you get canned coconut milk. It’s a great way to ramp up your fibre but do remember it is different from usual flours so will have a more dense texture to it but it’s not a big problem in savoury recipes.
This savoury twist on the flapjack recipe uses earthy beetroot, creamy feta and tangy vinegar for a flavour filled flapjack!
A savoury flapjack may sound weird but it really works and is a great way of getting this wholegrain into your diet if you don’t like porridge in the morning or prefer something else for breakfast.
I just love the colour that beetroot lends to recipes but I know most people don’t like its earthy taste which is why I pair it with creamy tangy feta which is a great combination.
I also use pre cooked vac pack beets for easiness plus it’s a great staple to have in your fridge to whip up recipes like this or bulk out meals at short notice.
This combination of creamy coconut, hot harissa and sweet pops of pomegranate seeds on these chickpea pancakes is a dream mixture and great plant based meal full of goodness. There’s antioxidants in the pomegranate seeds, good medium chain, easily digestible fats in the coconut, spices in the harissa paste and fibre and protein in the chickpea flour (which you can get in the supermarket btw).
I really like this meal when I’m craving something different from the usual dinners and flavours you typically rely on and gives you a way to consume more pomegranate seeds which are packed full of Polyphenols which some people probably aren’t getting enough of.
Cooking with chickpea/gram flour
If you’ve never made chickpea flour pancakes/mixtures before, just note that it’s slightly different from usual flour so it won’t be as light but is great for savoury meals and provides a good thick texture to the recipe. They also need to be cooked out a bit longer than regular pancakes, they don’t brown quickly so don’t worry about them burning easily. Check out my veggie slices made with chickpea flour for another idea on how to use it.
TIP: for best digestion if you have time to soak the flour and water together for an hour/up to a few hours then this enhances digestibility and nutrition
Grain free, healthy, high fibre chickpea flour pizza!
Not only are you getting to eat pizza but it’s made from a veg!
Chickpea flour AKA gram flour is so cheap and easy to get once you know where to look, it’s usually in the continental/world food section of the supermarkets so I urge you to try it out, it’s not expensive and is a healthy, easy way of cooking with new flours.
For another chickpea flour based recipe check out these Veggie slices
Note: You will need a small circular pie base to hold and shape the mix as it’s runny until baked, I used a small silicon rubber pie mold. You could possibly use a small frying pan that’s oven safe however I haven’t tested this so let me know if you do.
Once you have the flour it’s easy and quick to make this pizza, you don’t have to knead anything, plus it’s naturally high in protein and fiber, grain and gluten free so it should be suitable for many diets. Bloat free pizza anyone?
TIP: For best digestion if you have the time, allow the flour and water to soak for a few hours
For more inspiration on toppings why not use up leftovers from your fridge or freezer like a veggie meatball or sausage (I like Gosh brand) like this one below, with Bolognese sauce for the tomato base too.