African Coconut Soup with Chickpeas

I love this nutrient dense soup; it is a comfort soup and is especially delicious in cold weather.

Like all beans, chickpeas (garbanzo) are a super food because of their substantial nutritional content (protein, B vitamins, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium and phytonutrients) and their health benefits.

Chickpeas have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for medical conditions:

  • Brain health: Chickpease have an array of phytonutrients that may help boost memory and enhance brain functioning. They’re a great source of folate and magnesium. Folate has been shown to boost cognitive function, while magnesium boosts learning skills and improve sleep
  • Bone health: The iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K content present in chickpeas all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
  • Heart health: The high fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content and significant amounts of fiber, helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.
  • Cancer: Chickpeas contain selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables. Selenium prevents inflammation, plays a role in liver enzyme function, helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body, and also decreases tumor growth rates.

Addition ingredients that make this so nutrient dense:

Cilantro: A good source of vitamin K and array of minerals linked to healthier brain functioning

Coconut milk: Is rich in medium-chaing triglycerides, which have been shown to improve cognitive performance; it’s a great source of key minerals, vitamins B1 and C tat help maintain energy and boost mood

Kale: Is rich in antioxidant falvonoids, vitamin K which boosts memory, mood-elevating vitamin C and vitamin A which can improve learning skills

Tumeric: Has been shown to boost cognitive function, protects against cardiovascular problems, which can help keep our brains sharp and healthy. It is a good source of iron and brain essential B vitamins.


Katz, R with Edelson, M. (2008). The Healthy Mind Cookbook. Berkely, CA: Ten Speed Press


African Coconut Soup with Chickpeas
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African Coconut Soup with Chickpeas
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  1. In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 - 2 minutes. Add broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, curry powder, tumeric, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in coconut milk and add spinach, , cover and cook until spinach is wilted , stirring occasionally, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  4. Serve over cooked brown rice or quinoa. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top
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