Thursday, March 26, 2015

Meat Free Week: Day Four: Chickpea Stew

Half way point and I thought we could do something different on the lead-up to the weekend...

Up until now, I've blog about recipes that are good for people who have veg boxes delivered and yummy ways of using up your endless stash of potatoes. On a side note, if you are interested in getting a veg box delivered to your door full of organic goodness, the veg box company I use in Edinburgh is East Coast Organic who also deliver eggs, bread and cheese.

These next two recipes feature ingredients not quiet in season just yet, but that makes them perfect for the upcoming months. Today and tomorrow's recipes use a lot of the same ingredients so there is no need for food waste trying to figure out what else to do with these green chillies! They are some of my favourite recipes that I get a real craving for and unlike yesterday's risotto, these are super quick to cook.

Chickpea Stew
(This recipe is a version of Bill Granger's from Saturday Kitchen which I found on the internet ages ago)

Serves 4 mains or 8 side dishes
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 - 30 minutes

Ingredients and Preparation

2 tablespoon of olive oil

1 red onion, finely sliced

3 garlic cloves, finely diced

Small knob of ginger, grated

1 or 2 green chillies to taste, seeded and finely chopped

2 x 400g (14oz) of tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

500g (17oz) cheery tomatoes

100g (4oz) spinach

80 ml (2oz) water

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

And for serving plain yoghurt and paprika

1. Heat oil in pot
2. Add onion, garlic, ginger, chillies and salt and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are soft and golden
3. Add chickpeas, water, cumin, turmeric and pepper and cook for another five minutes or until water evaporates
4. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes or until tomatoes are soft
5. Turn heat off and add spinach, stirring them through allowing them to wilt
6. Plate up dish, add yoghurt to the top and sprinkle with paprika and devour!

Optional serving suggestion - serve with rice. Did you know darker rice, like wild or brown rice, has up to 40 % more protein than white rice, making it a better option for upping your protein intake? 

Keep some chillies and tomatoes for tomorrow's recipe; red lentil stew! 

Remember to check out information about Meat Free Week on their website

How tantalising tempting does that spinach look? Almost wilted enough to eat!

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