Loaded with a rainbow of veggies, this smoky Veggie Crockpot Chickpeas with Paprika Greek Yogurt makes an easy, no thinking required vegetarian meal. Fill the crockpot and a few hours later!
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Hope you had a good weekend! This weekend took every ounce of energy out of me. I realized just how weak I have become. Even though I have am swimming several days a week and doing some strength training, I’m completely whipped out with any little thing I do. Every time I go out for an appointment, I have to nap when I get home. My doctor told me this is my body’s way of forcing me to heal after all it’s been through these last two years. Because I’m an energetic, go, go, go, type A person, the sleepiness is my body’s way of forcing me to rest. She told me if I was tired, I should sleep whenever possible. Good trick body. I’m onto you!
Since the accident, I’ve doing acupuncture weekly. The treatments were originally intended for my hormone balancing. My first treatment ironically was scheduled the day after the accident. Talk about good timing! If you’re not familiar with acupuncture, the way it works is they place small medical needles in various trigger points in the body to help the energy flow better in the body and improve healing. Some points get disrupted like a traffic jam not allowing the body to perform the natural healing process. The needles stay in your body while a stimulator with electrical currents is placed on a few needles. Then you relax 30 minutes. During that time, you’re supposed to meditate envisioning your body healing itself.
Last week I experienced my first deep meditation and for me, this was huge. I’ve never been able to harness my focus long enough to do anything other than rest only to be interrupted every 2 seconds with my mind racing through a million thoughts. This time though I was able to really experience accupuncture.
It felt like an out of body experience. I even felt the presence of one someone there with me which I believe was of my Grandma’s. Both my Grandma’s passed many years ago. I couldn’t tell which one was there, but I felt this massive amount of energy surround me. It’s hard to describe. It was emotional and when I woke I had tears in my eyes. When the doctor came in, I told her what had happened. I thought I was imaging it. She assured me it was normal for some people to get deep enough to have these experiences. Very voodish!
So now that you’re totally freaked out about my voodoo experience, let’s chat about this delicious meatless Monday recipe I have for you today because it deserves some attention. When I was in Munich back in April, I had the most incredible veggie chickpea dish with Greek yogurt. When I got home, I put it on my recipe creation to do list and made it my mission to get it just right and boy, did I ever get it right! The hardest part of this dish is prepping the veggies. I bought most of mine (except the radishes) pre-cut or frozen to make it easier. I recommend that for you too unless you really love prepping veggies. Either way, this dish is worth any work you do. The incredible thing about this dish is that it has no sauce, yet it has so much flavor. It’s naturally flavored by the juices from the vegetables. The bay leaves enhance that flavor even more. The veggies steam in the crockpot mingling to make the most surprisingly delicious taste. Top with Greek yogurt and paprika and your taste buds will dance! I promise this is one to love.
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- 2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 large zucchini peeled & sliced in quarters
- 2 small yellow zucchini peeled & sliced in quarters
- 1 each red, green & yellow bell pepper sliced lengthwise
- 2 cups sliced radishes
- 2 cups precut & washed cauliflower
- 2 cups precut & washed broccoli
- ½ cup red onion sliced
- 3 bay leaves
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
- To a crockpot, add all veggies & bay leaves*
- Turn crockpot to high for 4 hours & allow veggies to steam down
- During the last 30 minutes of the 4 hours, add chickpeas to the crockpot
- Remove bay leaves
- Serve & add toppings
*This will fill a standard crockpot completely full, but the veggies will cook down & there will be enough room to fit the chickpeas
What’s the strangest voodoo-like thing that’s ever happened to you? When have you re-created a meal you loved?
Lots of Health, Food & Love,
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