Heating tomatoes breaks down cell walls that allows more lycopene to be released and available for the body to absorb. Cooked tomato products such as stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and salsa provide the best sources of lycopene.
2 cups cooked chickpeas, well rinsed if using canned
1 cup of your favourite salsa or stewed tomatoes if preferred
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 350 F.
Simply combine chickpeas and salsa together and medium size pot on the stove. Allow mixture to reach the ‘boiling’ point, stirring continuously.
Place mixture into 4 small ramekins (1/2 cup servings) or 2 one cup ramekins or a larger casserole dish. Top each with cheese and place in oven for 5 minutes (this is simply to melt the cheese, the mixture will already be hot from the stove). Switch to broil for the last minute if you wish to brown the cheese.
Enjoy this simple, nutritious meal.