So it’s that time again; once every four months I donate blood through the NHS, which I did a few days ago.
I do find it quite scary, obviously being poked by a needle is never going to be a riot of fun and games, but it’s something I do really regularly because it’s so important! I have quite a “sought-after” blood type (O- though don’t go spreading the word to black market sellers!) so every so often the blood-donation-people write to me and ask for it, and it’s really worth doing… If only for the free tea and biscuits.
Anyway, in order to donate blood you have to have a pretty high iron count, so as to prevent you fainting or feeling dizzy, so I thought I’d create a meal that’s easy to make and really rich in iron, as some veggies can be a little on the low side.
Spinach and dried apricots and chickpeas are all really good sources of iron, and chickpeas have loads of protein in them, so this dish is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra strength, whether you’re donating your body parts or lifting weights in the gym (I’d definitely rather go for the first option!)
I hope you like the recipe; let me know in the comments below if you have any great recipes for iron-rich meals!
60g of couscous
200g of chickpeas
A little olive oil
Spices; I used half a teaspoon of paprika, quarter of a teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and cumin, and some salt and pepper
A small handful of spinach
6 or 7 dried apricots, chopped
2 tablespoons of sweetcorn
Crumbled feta to serve (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Mix the chickpeas with the sweetcorn, oil and spices and roast for 25 minutes until the chickpeas are golden brown.
- Meanwhile, soak the chopped apricots and couscous in boiling water until the couscous is soft and fluffy. The apricots should be softened as well.
- Mix all of the ingredients together.
- (Optional) crumble 30g of feta cheese over the top and serve.
For more information about giving blood in the UK, or to register as a donor, click here.