Recipes

Post image for Moroccan stewed chickpeas with spinach makes the perfect winter meal

Let’s talk about chickpeas and how awesome they are. My older son eats them straight up, a habit he picked up from me.

Also called garbanzo beans, these babies are not only delicious, they are packed with protein and vitamins. Although most people think of them as a vegetable, chickpeas are a legume with a slightly nutty flavor. One cup of chickpeas has roughly 270 calories, 45 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 13 grams (!) of fiber.

If chickpeas are not already a staple in your diet, they should be. As we enter into the winter rainy season here in California I personally turn to simple, hearty and healthy stews and soups to get me through till Springtime.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8-1/4 cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, stems removed, minced
2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish

Directions

Step 1: Place a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, and when hot but not smoking, add the onion and sauté till tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an addition 30 seconds.
Step 2: Add the curry, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, coriander and Garam Masala and cook for about 1 minute till fragrant.
Step 3: Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, chickpeas, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil use the back of a wooden spoon to carefully break up or gently smash the tomatoes in the pan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and stew, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
Step: 4 Add the spinach to the chickpeas, stir to incorporate and cook an additional 1 minute. Adjust the seasoning as needed, garnish with chopped parsley.
Step: 5 Serve warm with your favorite side such as couscous, quinoa or rice.

Former chef and now Menlo Park stay-at-home mom, Andrea Potischman blogs at Simmer and Sauce; photos and text used with permission.

{ Be the first to comment }

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is presented by Menlo Drama Feb. 10-12

Thumbnail image for “The Diary of Anne Frank” is presented by Menlo Drama Feb. 10-12

The Diary of Anne Frank, based upon the writings of young Anne Frank, detailing life-in-hiding under Nazi terror in World War II is the upcoming Menlo Drama production. Anne’s diary lent a voice to the fight for human dignity, and this adaptation brings to life one of the most important people of the 20th century, […]

Click to read more →

Genomics and personalized medicine is Café Scientifique topic on Sept. 10

Thumbnail image for Genomics and personalized medicine is Café Scientifique topic on Sept. 10

Dr. Michael Snyder will discuss the impact of genome sequencing and other omics technology in the treatment of human disease and in everyday health care of healthy people at the next Café Scientifique on September 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Synder is Professor and Chair of Genetics Director at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Café […]

Click to read more →

Bring out the barbeque for Memorial Day good eats

Thumbnail image for Bring out the barbeque for Memorial Day good eats

Hard to believe we’re into Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer! It’s a perfect weekend for firing up the BBQ and doing some grilling. Here are a three recipes to tempt your appetite: Summertime Tri-Tip on the Weber BBQ – One of my all-time favorites. Tri-tip is perfect for BBQ’ing over charcoal […]

Click to read more →

Grapefruit bounty turned into different sort of Salty Dog

Thumbnail image for Grapefruit bounty turned into different sort of Salty Dog

Every Christmas we go grapefruit picking in Palm Springs. We all head out on the golf cart and hunt for the ripest trees around my parents’ house. Well, this year was the best “pickins” we have ever had, and I have spent the last week trying to figure out a way to use our bounty! One of my favorite drinks […]

Click to read more →

Keep the good Giants orange vibe going with persimmon perfection

Thumbnail image for Keep the good Giants orange vibe going with persimmon perfection

Menlo Park resident David Sowerine let us know that a tree from his yard is yielding the perfect way to continue the San Francisco Giants celebration and get ready to add a touch of orange to this month’s Thanksgiving holiday. “The 1940s persimmon tree’s bounty is on at 999 Olive St.,” emailed David. “We’re once […]

Click to read more →

Make-ahead malted milk blondies for Memorial Day picnics

Thumbnail image for Make-ahead malted milk blondies for Memorial Day picnics

It’s nice to have a lazy day when the biggest decision is what to bake. Earlier this week, the large box of Whoopers on my kitchen counter was too tempting to resist experimenting with! These malted milk blondies aren’t too sweet and have crisp edges with soft, moist centers.

Click to read more →

John Bentley’s carrot cake recipe revealed – just in time for end of school picnics

Thumbnail image for John Bentley’s carrot cake recipe revealed – just in time for end of school picnics

I knew it was time to take a vacation when I no longer felt inspired to bake. So, after a relaxing week in the Southwest, I’m excited to get back into baking! Several years ago I told a chef, John Bentley, that I was having a hard time finding the perfect carrot cake recipe. I […]

Click to read more →

Bear TaTas put M-A cookbook together to raise funds to fight breast cancer

Thumbnail image for Bear TaTas put M-A cookbook together to raise funds to fight breast cancer

Starting Tuesday, May 1, legendary Menlo-Atherton High School recipes will be revealed, including the tricks to Jonathan Senigaglia’s famous Pho, Christina Galliano’s family risotto, and even Alice Kleeman’s tasty Career Center cookies. To raise funds for its annual crusade against breast cancer, the Bear TaTas team of Rachel Andres, Christina Galliano, Jenny Green-Heffern, Katie Nelson, […]

Click to read more →

Brownies with a kick – perfect for munching while watching Giants home opener

Thumbnail image for Brownies with a kick – perfect for munching while watching Giants home opener

Editor’s note: Don’t have a ticket to the Giants home opener today? Bake these decadent brownies with an espresso kick in the morning and munch away the afternoon. (No recipe needed for a ballpark frank!) These brownies are rich and decadent, with a fudgy interior and a cake-like crust. When I really want to be […]

Click to read more →

Ooey gooey cake is perfect antidote for rainy day – and next week’s Easter brunch

Thumbnail image for Ooey gooey cake is perfect antidote for rainy day – and next week’s Easter brunch

Editor’s note: After a spring Friday that personified “shirtsleeve weather”, today’s forecast is for a significant drop in temperature and unfolded umbrellas — just perfect for staying home and baking a luscious cake perfected by Rachel Candeleria. Who knows, it may be just what you need for Easter brunch next week. I’ve been working on whittling […]

Click to read more →