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Professor Jacka’s Spicy salad with farro, sprouts and crispy chickpeas 

Professor Jacka’s Spicy salad with farro, sprouts and crispy chickpeas

Good-quality food like this will optimise mental and brain health across your lifespan

Provided by Professor Jacka from her excellent book Brain Changer, demonstrating how eating good-quality food like this will ‘optimise mental and brain health across your lifespan’. This delicious warm salad with chickpeas, brussels sprouts and wholegrain farro will take you and your microbiome to a better place!

Serves 2

210g can chickpeas, drained

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp fennel seeds

120g farro

300g brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced

1½ tbsp currants

2-3 tbsp pomegranate seeds

For the dressing

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1½ tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

pinch of chilli flakes

sea salt and black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C fan/gas 6 and line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper. Spread over the chickpeas, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with the cumin and fennel seeds. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, cook the farro according to the packet instructions and keep it warm. Blanch the sprouts in boiling water for 1 minute, then drain and add to the farro.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the currants and chickpeas.
  • To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. Toss the dressing through the salad and serve warm, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.



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