Chard and Chickpea Soup

Today I am really excited to talk about my friend Ricki Heller’s new cookbook.  It’s called Living Candida-Free: 100 Recipes and a 3-Stage Program to Restore Your Health and Vitality.   You may already know Ricki from her blog Ricki Heller. She is also the author of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar.  All her recipes are vegan and gluten free.  For those of you unfamiliar with Candida, it is a fungus in the form of yeast.  It lives in your mouth and intestines and it helps with digestion.  When you have a Candida overgrowth, it can cause many issues.  The main one is a leaky gut.  Some of the signs and symptoms are: brain fog, frequent yeast infections, autoimmune disorders, skin issues and mood swings or depression.   This book not only goes into great detail about Candida and how to fight it, but Ricki shares her own personal story.  This is so much more than a cookbook.

I am sharing a recipe from the book today.  It’s a Chard and Chickpea Soup that is super easy to prepare and also very tasty!  Not only is is easy, it’s very budget friendly too!

Chard and Chickpea Soup - My Whole Food Life

Some of the other recipes I can’t wait to try are: Mojito Smoothie, Grain Free Granola Bowl, Zucchini Fritters, Raw Carrot Cake Energy Balls and Herbed Grain Free Gnocchi.  I mean, how good do those sound??  I am also going to be giving away a copy of Living Candida Free to one lucky reader.  Look for the giveaway at the end of the post!  To buy the book click here.

Chard and Chickpea Soup

Quick and Easy Chard and Chickpea Soup

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Serves 6 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 bunch chard (6-8 leaves) stems removed and chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes (one can)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if using canned, drain and rinse)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. In a large pot , on medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the oil. Once the onions are translucent, add the remaining ingredients, except for the lemon juice, in the pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Lastly add the lemon juice, stir and season to your taste. This can be frozen as well. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Side note: I made this in my crock pot, so that is another option for you.

Recipe from Living Candida Free.  Reprinted with permission.

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41 thoughts to “Chard and Chickpea Soup”

  1. The soup looks wonderful! I've never heard of Ricki but I'm going to look her up. Thanks for the chance at the book giveaway!
  2. I've never heard of Ricki but this sounds so delicious and I'm always looking for new cookbook of gluten free recipes to easy my digestive problems and disorders. Thanks for sharing!
  3. I haven't heard of Ricki before. Thanks for the introduction and the chance to win her book! I have been trying to complete an elimination diet and it's hard to find recipes that fit with the restrictions. Sounds like she has some recipes that will help. Definitely checking her out on Pinterest!
  4. Despite being a gorgeous vegetable, I'm not a huge fan of chard. After seeing this recipe, I would be more than willing to give it one more chance.
  5. Those other recipes you listed sound amazing! I don't personally have issues with Candida but some members of my family have issues with IBS & UTIs so I'll definitely recommend this cookbook.
  6. I'm so happy to have found you (both!) recently and can't wait to make this soup-today is definitely soup weather where I live! I would be interested in the cookbook because I am vegan, but could clean up my diet a little more....thanks!
  7. I don't know what chard tastes like. Today I have a big bowl of kale in the fridge that needs to be used in some way before it goes bad. Do you think I could substitute the kale for the chard just for today? (I can always try the chard later.) Thank you...
  8. I'm always looking for new cookbooks, especially gluten-free ones! This soup looks great and I have most of the ingredients already!
  9. My husband came home from work last night and asked me if I'd heard of Candida, then I take a look at your blog this morning and what do I see, Ricki Heller's book and a recipe! This soup looks outstanding. Chickpeas are my best friend so I can't wait to try this. :)

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