Monday, 21 July 2014

Healthy Eating | Sweet Potato, Pomegranate and Chickpea Salad


Ingredients
-2 medium sweet potatoes
-2 handfuls of spinach leaves
-1/2 yellow pepper
-5 tomatoes
-1/2 tin of chickpeas, drained
-50g pomegranate seeds
-pinch of paprika
-salt and freshly ground pepper
-olive oil
for the dressing (taken from Leon Fast Vegetarian Cookbook)
-1 clove of garlic, crushed
-1/2 tbsp tahini
-60ml natural yoghurt
-juice of 1/4 lemon
-1/2 tbsp honey
-pinch of cayenne pepper
-pinch of ground cumin
-salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a liquidizer and blend together, adding a little water until you have a mixture with the consistency of double cream. Season well.
  3. Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 5-10 minutes (until they soften).
  4. Once slightly squishy, place on a baking tray and cut each potato into around 4 wedges, drizzle with olive oil and paprika and season well with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Place the chickpeas on the baking tray and also sprinkle with paprika and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Arrange the spinach on a plate and pour some of (to your liking) the dressing over it.
  7. Cut the tomatoes and pepper up and place on plate with the pomegranate.
  8.  Add the potatoes and chickpeas to the plate and then pour more the dressing over the completed salad to finish, enjoy!


Health Benefits:
Sweet potato - helps balance blood sugar levels - fights free-radical damage to skin - protects against infection
Spinach - helps strengthen bones - contains anti-cancer properties - helps fight inflammation - helps prevent atherosclerosis
Pepper - promotes collagen synthesis - helps protect against cataracts - maintains healthy blood vessels - contains anti-cancer substances 
Tomatoes - helps remove toxins from the body - helps keep blood vessels supple - reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Pomegranate - reduces the risk of prostate cancer - helps keep blood vessels supple - blocks enzymes that destroy cartilage - provides antiviral protection 


If you have any healthy recipes or ideas please comment and let me know!

7 comments:

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  2. What a lovely little blog you have hear...

    love the design and the pictures :)

    had a great read so glad I clicked on your blog

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    1. thank you!! i have followed your blog and look forward to seeing more of your posts!
      alice x

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  3. This looks ridiculously delicious, I love sweet potato so will have to give this recipe a whirl.

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    1. ahah, thank you, it's really nice and makes eating healthy so easy!! also checked out your blog and gave you a follow:)
      alice x

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  4. I absolutely adore your blog! :)
    This is amazing! Did you take that picture of your salad? If so, what camera do you use?
    Will definitely look out for more posts! xx

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    1. thank you! yeah i did but just on my phone!! and thank you again, I will have another post up either tonight or Sunday!
      alice x

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