Chorizo and Chickpea Soup (and what really goes into sausages!)
When I'm attempting to eat a bit healthier, I usually crave beans of some description. Like most people, my experience of beans as a child came covered in a sweet sauce and out of a can. The more I've cooked, the more beans I've tried, the more I like them. They are fantastically filling and don't take much flavour to make them really good to eat.
I will never forget the first time I saw a program about sausages and what they actually consist of. For those of a delicate persuasion, who wish to remain in denial, I will keep that information to myself but it certainly had an impact on the amount of sausages I ate but also on the quality of sausages I bought when I did have them. Walking past them in supermarkets now and glancing down at the grey, cheap ones makes my stomach churn. Yet it's these ones that seem the most popular. In case you are interested and I think, personally, think It's important we know what we are eating and especially, what we are feeding our children, here is a great, informative link: What Sausage Is Made Of.
Don't even get me started on hotdogs! Which consist of very little pork and what 'meat' they do contain is mostly mechanically retrieved or blasted off with water. Need I say more?
Knowing all of this has never and will never stop me loving Chorizo. The wonderful thing about it is you don't need much, which suits me perfectly when I want flavour and meat but attempting to keep fat low. This recipe satisfies the healthy eater in me but also the meat lover and I was really pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be making this again and again.