“Chickpeas contain substances known as phytoestrogens, which can help to balance levels of oestrogen and testosterone. When these hormones are unbalanced, mood can be affected and anxiety can occur. Enjoying a warm bowl of nourishing soup can also have a calming effect.” Dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker.
Gluten free, vegetarian
- 4 people
- 2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp butter
- Half tsp of nutmeg
- 400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp ground almonds
- 800 ml vegetable stock
- 50 g Parmesan, grated
Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan and add the leeks, onion and garlic and sauté gently for 5 minutes until soft.
Add the chickpeas and cook for a further minute, then add the ground almonds and stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the Parmesan. Blitz with a stick blender, then reheat for a minute.