Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chickpea Tabouli

Not traditionally what you would call a kid food. But a perfect example of why you should never assume what a toddler will and will not eat.

It is surprising how many children love chickpeas and they are such a nutritious meat free alternative to the diet. To reduce choking risk, it is important to supervise meals and encourage children to sit whilst eating.

My daughter learned to love this through natural progression. First, we prepared it together, her stirring and picking out all the chickpeas to eat. The next time, we ate it together. I served myself, and she wanted to eat most of mine off my fork. Finally, on another day entirely, I served her a bowl and she ate the whole lot with her own spoon.

Chickpea Tabouli
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 red capsicum, finely diced
2 tomates, finely diced
1 bunch of parsley (or other herbs), finely chopped
400g can chickpeas, drained
1 avocado, finely diced (optional)

1/2 lemon, juiced
3tbsp French dressing

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