Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Socca Adventures

Chickpea Flour (aka garbanzo flour, besan flour) is one of the many gluten-free flours.  In addition it is nutritious because its base is made from chickpeas.  I use chickpea flour in my chocolate chip recipe.  

Today I ate Socca for lunch (chickpea pizza) good.  It was a mini pie topped with tons of veggies.  The dough is thin and crispy.  But in every bite you tasted the oil.  Delicious, but...That got me thinking to calories...I wondered how many I had consumed.  

It also got me thinking about my chocolate chip cookies...I am going to have to assume my recipe must be very fattening.  ; )

So I called Nizza, a casual italian eatery in Chelsea that has quite a few Socca options on their menu (not to mention a very NICE gf menu).  I was put on hold for a while.  I would assume whomever answered the phone was baffled by my question "Do you by any chance know the ballpark amount of calories in your socca? your gluten-free pizza?".  In return i received a "Pls. hold".  Eventually another gal got on the phone and advised she didn't know, but what she did know is that their Socca uses about 1 1/3 cup of chickpea flour, 3 tablespoons of regular olive oil, water, sometimes cheese and veggies, or whichever version ordered, its toppings.  It seemed like such a small amount of ingredients...

Great help! I knew from that info I could google each one separately and find a possible answer.  I googled chickpea flour.  I was surprised to see a whopping 356 calories per 1 cup of chickpea flour!  No way!  Not surprised because chickpeas are higher in calories, but I was not expecting that.  I also googled recipes on Socca.  And found great ones!  Check it out.  And a few more to follow Bruschetta Style Socca or try the South Beach Diet Socca Pizza or Vegan Socca or Bon Appetit Chickpea Socca

Stay tuned for my review on Nizza along with delicious pictures!

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

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