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Cucumber Slices with Chickpea Puree and Thyme

The folate in the chickpeas produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure. The vitamin C in the red peppers helps counteract the damage brought about by the stress hormone cortisol.

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  • Servings: 6
Cucumber Slices with Chickpea Puree and Thyme

Source: Body+Soul, 2008


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, cut into small strips


  1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, thyme, garlic, oil, and 1/4 cup water; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and process until combined.

  2. Dividing evenly, dollop chickpea puree onto cucumber slices, top with a roasted red pepper strip and thyme leaves. Serve immediately.


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