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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marinated Chick Peas with Greek Herbs

 


I cooked up a big batch of Garbanzo (chick peas) beans yesterday. This is how I prepared some of them today.

These would be delicious added to an Antipasto or a Greek Salad. You could replace the Mint with fresh Basil too, but I really like the addition of the Mint.  I used a Bergamot Mint which has citrus undertones.  If you want to grow just one mint, choose this one.  It also makes wonderful tea.
 


Marinated Chick Peas with Greek Herbs

Serving size: 2/3 cup
Servings: 11

930 grams Chick Peas, cooked (about 5 1/4 cups)

2 Tablespoons Garlic, minced

3 Tablespoons
fresh Chives, minced

1/4 cup fresh Mint, rough chop 


1/4 cup fresh Greek Oregano, rough chop

100 gram white or red Onion, sliced thin (1 medium)

6 Tablespoons Olive Oil

8 Tablespoons Balsamic, Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, pink if you have it

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper

Toss all together and marinate, refrigerated several hours. It gets better as it marinates. I think this could be refrigerated for a week or more and only get better.

Greek Oregano in the Herb Garden

 One tablespoon of the fresh herb packs the same antioxidant punch as a medium-sized apple. Its high concentration of these plant compounds may help prevent cellular damage and reduce the risk of common killers such as cancer, heart disease, and hypertension. Oregano also has antimicrobial qualities. It contains thymol and carvacrol, strong antiseptics used in mouthwashes that inhibit growth of bacteria and fungi.
Fresh Picked Herbs from my Garden
Pretty Mint Flowers, I grow Mint in pots to keep it from taking over my garden.
YUMMY!!
 and it is Healthy Too
Nutritional Data Provided by NutriMirror

4 comments:

  1. Mmm, looks delicious. I don't have any Greek oregano growing in my garden. I wonder if sage or Italian parsley can be substituted instead?

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    1. Girlsprout, you could always try dry oregano, but go for the parsley or a bit of sage. Sage is a strong herb so you may want to try a little and then taste the results. Adding lemon will give it a little more of a fresh flavor also.

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  2. oh I'm impressed, you even have the nutritional data to go with your recipe!

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    1. Diana, yes that is from the NutriMirror website that I use to log my food.

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