Saturday, March 13, 2010

Chickpeas with Spinach

Chickpeas with Spinach.... such a simple and unassuming name. Sounds pretty boring and very much like a side dish. Well, if had had gone with that assumption, I would have been wrong on both counts. Between the rice and the chickpeas, it's actually quite a filling dish (although you could easily get away with adding some chicken if you have a massive carnivore in your house). Surprisingly, the tomato paste, chili powder, and ginger give this meal a nice flavorful tweak.

Spinach with Chickpeas
Adapted from: Cooking Light, May 2004

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups onion, diced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups chopped baby spinach
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup hot cooked basmati rice (or white rice)

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until mixture begins to brown. Add water and tomato paste; cook 2 minutes or until liquid evaporates, stirring constantly. Stir in spinach, chili powder, salt, and chickpeas; cover. Reduce heat; cook 5 minutes or until spinach wilts and mixture is heated. Stir in juice. Serve over rice.

Serves: 4

We had this meal a few weeks ago during our "vegetarian" week (happened totally by accident when I was planning the menu, promise). Adam enjoyed it as well and didn't really miss the meat thanks to the chickpeas. That counts as a winner for me! :)

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 612Calories from fat 75
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.4g13%
Saturated Fat 1.0g5%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 131mg5%
Total Carbs 111.0g37%
Dietary Fiber 21.4g86%
Sugars 14.8g
Protein 26.0g
Vitamin A 36%Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 16%Iron 45%

1 comment:

  1. oh my heavens! (I resort to my grandmother's expressions when I'm speechless, I guess) this is so adorable. and I've never seen them or tasted them, but now I can't wait to make them.

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