On the Spice Trail:
Moroccan Harissa and Chickpea Potage Recipe
If my regular readers have noticed a lack of 5:3 diet recipes being posted lately, than they will be right in their assumptions; however, I have not abandoned the diet, on the contrary, I am still following it with great success, it’s just that I have just been sharing more “calorific” recipes lately. So, today is a day for dietary reflection and I am therefore sharing one of my latest 5:2 diet recipes ideas for a comforting and yet strangely light and refreshing soup - Moroccan Harissa and Chickpea Potage. This soup-cum-stew is vegetarian and only has 145 calories per generous bowl, when served sans flat breads that is!
Moreover, this is an easy recipe to make and on a non-fast day (a non diet day) you can of course enjoy a bowl of this spicy potage with flatbreads (or pitta breads) as we did the other day. It’s vegetarian, but I always find that when pulses, grains and beans are added to soups and stews, they add a lot of “meaty” body, as well as essential vitamins and protein. That makes this soup more of a stew in my opinion, and all the better for it as it fills you up with a minimum of calories.
Apart from the fresh vegetables and chickpeas, the star of the show for me was the addition of the Harissa spice mix; I was sent a selection of Bart’s new Discovery Spices recently, all packed in handy little tins, and the Harissa was one one of the spice blends that was in the collection. Other spice blends included: SHICHIMI from Japan, PIRI PIRI from Portugal, PANCH PHORAN from Bangladesh and PILAU from India. You can view the full range of new Discovery Spices from Bart’s here: The Spice Journey. I was VERY impressed with the range, which is unusual and definitely “off the beaten track” with some interesting and exciting spice blends.
The Harissa spice blend I used was fragrant with a mellow kick of aromatic chilli heat, and it really added to the flavour of the soup. The blend is made up of the following ingredients: Black Pepper, Coriander, Ginger, Paprika, Allspice, Cardamom, Mace, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Cayenne, Cloves, Rose Petals (1%). In place of the Bart spice blend that I used, you could of course add ground cumin and coriander for an authentic North African taste, or even a spoon of harissa paste for some additional heat. Do try this soup recipe if you are following a diet, 145 calories is such a low amount for such a nourishing bowl of goodness. That’s all for today, see you soon and have a GREAT week ahead! Karen
Disclaimer: I received a selection of Bart spices from their new Discovery range to test for review; all views and opinions are my own.