With all this talk of “low” carb diets being the best method for weight loss, made me stop and think about where the majority of carbohydrate intake comes from. Typically side dishes like rice, potatoes and pastas is where our carb overload starts. One of my favorite quick fixes to lowering carbohydrate intake of any meal is to use beans and lentils as a substitute for pasta, rice and potatoes. This swap gives your meal that extra protein punch, with high fiber on the side. Whenever I do this the meals is so much more filling and satisfying. Also with this recipe you could skip the chicken all together and now you have a lovely vegan meal that you could serve over hearty salad greens like baby kale or spinach.
For this recipe I swapped out roasted potatoes for Chickpeas. Chickpeas are another one of those superfoods. One cup of chickpeas provides you with 12g fiber and 15g protein. But this beans is not just about fiber and protein, which is amazing for appetite control but theses beans are rich in vitamins. minerals and phytochemicals or saponins, which are extremely helpful in the prevention of breast cancer and osteoporosis. At your next meal try swapping our your transnational carb loaded side for a protein and fiber packed bean!
- 6 Tbps Olive Oil
- 4 cloved of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp red peperflakes
- 1 tsp cayne pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp paprika (favorite Chicken spices)
- 4 Chicken breast with skin, deboned
- 2-3 cups grape tomatoes
- 1 can chickpeas (15 oz) (strained and rinsed)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- Salt/pepper to taste