Recipes of the Month

Spicy Chickpea Filled Potatoes

4 large baking potatoes

1 Tbsp vegetable oil (optional)

Salt and pepper

15 ½ oz. canned chickpeas, drained

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

4 Tbsp chopped cilantro

2/3 cup low fat plain yogurt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Prick them all over with a fork and brush with oil, if using, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Place them on a large baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1-1 ¼ hours, or until cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and mash. Stir in the ground coriander, cumin, and half the chopped cilantro, then cove and reserve.

Halve the potatoes and scoop the flesh into a bowl, keeping the shells intact. Mash the flesh until smooth and gently mix into the chickpea mixture with the yogurt. Season to taste. Place the shells on a baking sheet and fill with the potato mixture. Return the potatoes to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until thoroughly heated through.

Sprinkle the potatoes with cilantro.

Cranberry Avocado Salad

Dressing

1/3 cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds

½ teaspoon paprika

2 teaspoons dried mustard

1 tablespoon minced sweet onion

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ tablespoons sesame seeds

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup white balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad

12 ounces baby spinach, arugula, field greens

1 small bunch cilantro, washed and dried, leaves removed whole from stems

2 medium avocados, peeled and halved

¾ cup dried cranberries

¾ cup candied spiced almonds

For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a pint sized glass jar and shake well to dissolve sugar.

Place greens and cilantro leaves in a large bowl. Add avocado and dried cranberries and ¼ cup if the dressing and toss gently. Scatter candied almonds over salad and sprinkle lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pass extra dressing at the table.

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