Middle Eastern Fetteh (Chickpea, Yogurt, and Bread Casserole)
spence — Tue, 11/29/2011 - 03:55
1 large thin pita bread
1 clove garlic
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
12 ounces organic, good quality plain yogurt, full fat or 2%
1 28oz can or overnight soaked chickpeas
pinch of cumin
3 chopped organic tomatoes
Preheat oven to 450 F. Seperate the pita bread in half and toast in the oven until golden brown and toasted, but not burned. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then break into bite-size pieces.
Meanwhile, empty chickpeas into a saucepan with their liquid and bring to a simmer. Cook chickpeas until completely tender- most canned chickpeas are too firm and I find they take about 15-20 minutes of simmering before they are tender enough to smush easily between your fingers.
Place yogurt in a bowl. Crush garlic in a mortar and pestle or press garlic through a garlic press. Add the garlic to the yogurt along with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir to combine.
If your yogurt is on the thick side, add a touch of water to make your yogurt pourable consistency.
Divide half the crumbled pita between two individual-size bowls. Spoon half the chickpeas over the pita pieces, allowing a little of the warm chickpea liquid to soak the bread pieces. Pour half the yogurt mixture over the bread and chickpeas, sprinkle with a pinch of cumin. Repeat the layering in the bowls: bread, chickpeas, yogurt, pinch of cumin. Top with chopped tomatoes and parsley (or sauteed pine nuts, if you prefer). Serve immediately.
Benefits of this recipe:
Chickpea-a great source of plant protein (crucial for pregnant women) and B12. Vegans and vegetarians are often lacking in B12, a vitamin vital to the developing embryo and a healthy fetus.
Natural yogurt- Many studies suggest that dairy products help increase fertility. Look for a plain yogurt (especially greek yogurt) with high bacterial content, the probiotics contribute to intestinal, and immune health.
Tomato- High in the antioxidant betacarotene and the power compound Lycopene. Lycopene has been show to help the reproductive system in women (studies show it also helps reduce endometriosis) and consuming tomatoes helps boost lycopene levels in sperm, enhancing motility.
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