Ladypreneur Ramadan Recipes: Chickpea and Quinoa Salad
Ladypreneur Ramadan Recipes: Chickpea and Quinoa Salad.
Suhoor is probably the most difficult and the most important meal of Ramadan. It’s not easy trying to eat a complete and healthy meal into your stomach at 3am but it’s crucial for these extra long summer fasts. Get more bang for your buck and eat well rounded dishes that are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, protein and balance it out with lots and lots of hydration. Suhoor should never be overlooked, make sure you give your body what it needs so you can make it through the day.
Our next Ladypreneur Ramadan Recipe submission comes from Sony Singh of Simply Sony Makeup, Hair & Henna. Although she is not fasting herself, she wanted to share a suhoor recipe that helps her get through those early mornings and extra long days.
The reason I love this recipe is it is full of good things! Quinoa is a super food which is amazing, chickpeas are a great source of protein and the fresh herbs and lemon are low fat but super filling and flavourful. With me being a makeup artist and getting up at crazy time in the night (2:00am sometimes) I need something to eat before I leave to see clients that wont make me feel too weighed down but will keep me full for the crazy day ahead, as I don’t know when I will eat again for hours. It is so quick to make and can be made the night before.
Chickpea & Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup dried quinoa, made according to instructions
- 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup English cucumber, diced
- 2/3 cup red onion or shallots, diced
- 1 jar (7oz) kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half (drained)
- 1/4 cup loosly packed cilantro, chopped
- salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
- juice of 1 large lemon
- feta cheese (optional)
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- arugula/spinach (optional)
- In a medium size pot, cook quinoa in a small pot and keep aside
- While quinoa is cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients.
- In a pot add olive oil and toast jeera seeds until light brown.
- Add the onion to sautee and add half of the tomatoes.
- At this time add garlic powder so it won’t burn.
- Cook for about 1 minute and add chick peas to the pot and mix well.
- Once warm remove from heat and season with salt, fresh cracked pepper and the juice of your 1 large lemon.
- Add olives, remaining tomatoes and cucumbers to the pot and mix.
- Now add the cooked quinoa mixing well and drizzle with olive oil until coated. Taste to make sure seasoning is good and if you wish to add more lemon juice you can. Add feta chesse if you wish.
Serve on a bed of arugula/spinach or as is. Tastes great with little extra lemon juice on top. Add extra virgn olive oil if you wish. This dish can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Sony is a makeup artist in the GTA with a passion to serving her clients and help achieve their desired look. Simply Sony’s motto ‘ let me show you how beautiful you are’. Visit her website, like her on Facebook or follow her on Instagram: simplysony100.
LADYPRENREUR RAMADAN TIPS:
I asked Ladypreneurs in our group today for some Ramadan eating tips. Here is what they had to say.
“Oatmeal for suhoor- quick digesting carbs for iftar they give me energy for taraweeh!”- Hafsa Hasan
“I find apples or having yogurt at sehri keeps my thirst away all day, especially in the summer heat” – Areeba Adnan
“Put some grounded flaxseed in your smoothies or watermelon juice. You can hardly taste it and it’s great fibre!” – Nafisa Kagdi
“Two foods that are essential for sehri time are yogurt & dates. Yogurt will keep you hydrated entire day & dates are high in sugars, it will balance your sugar level all day long” – Sana Razi Khan