Chorizo – Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free!

‘Chorizo!. We can’t eat that can we?’ said the community dinner diner with a worried look thinking it must be off the list for the detox.he quickly broke into an eager grin when he realised that it was wheat, dairy and sugar free..


Last nights dinner was in two pots, chickpeas with vegetables for the vegetarians and chickpeas with chorizo, the tasty Spanish sausage that perks up any pot of beans for the chorizo eaters. Chorizo is like a flavour enhancer when cooked with beans. A little goes a long way and it takes the beans up a notch on the taste sensation front.  The vegetarian version has smoked paprika which gives a tasty Spanish kick to the pot.

It was accompanied with roasted potato wedges and butternut squash. IMG_1048

and a bowl bursting with vitality of green leaves from the garden.IMG_1045

Six happy diners once again.


Here’s the chickpea and chorizo recipe. If you want to make vegetarian version, leave out the chorizo, put in a teaspoon of smoked paprika and stir in some sautéed courgettes at the end (so that they don’t go soggy)

Chickpeas and Chorizo

400g cooked chickpeas

olive oil

1 large onion

2-3 sticks celery

3-4 cloves garlic

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

500g tomatoes or 1 can chopped tomatoes

2-3 chorizo sausages

Salt and pepper

Chopped parsley to serve

Peel and chop the onion and gently sauté in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Wash the celery, slice lengthwise then chop and add to the pan with the onion. Chop the peppers and add to pan, all the time cooking gently so the vegetables soften Add the garlic, peeled and chopped then slice the chorizo and add to pan. Cook gently until the chorizo begins to release its oil. Add the cooked chickpeas and tomatoes and bring everything to the boil, You may need to add a little water/ reserved cooking liquor from the chickpeas, if you cooked them yourself. Season with salt and pepper and then simmer for about 15-20 minutes


About lettercollumkitchenproject

A cook that gardens. Sun addict. Not a good addiction in West Cork hence the travel addiction. Add in a splotch of kitchen snooping while away, a big walled organic garden while home and a kitchen full of a bit of everything. Runs an organic bakery/delicatessen/food shop with her husband using food from the garden and the years of accumulated kitchen snooping. Check out the shop and garden at View all posts by lettercollumkitchenproject

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