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Healthy Recipe, Chickpeas with Baby Spinach

This is easy to put together, mostly from items you probably already have. It’s good on its own, or with couscous, jasmine rice or pasta. It’s easily modified with your favorite seasonings, like curry, and extras like tomatoes and onion. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
  • Salt, preferably kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock, or water
  • Cayenne to taste
  • 1 6-oz. bag baby spinach

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring for one to two minutes, until fragrant and the tomato paste has turned a darker color. Add the chickpeas, the stock or water, and the cayenne, and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the spinach, a handful at a time, stirring until each addition of spinach wilts. Add salt to taste and simmer uncovered, stirring often, for five minutes. Add lots of freshly ground pepper, taste and adjust salt and cayenne, and serve.

Tips

  • Another way to make this dish is to blanch the spinach separately in salted boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of ice water, drain and squeeze dry. Add to the chickpeas as in step 2, but stir together for only two to three minutes.
  • Advance preparation: This can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated, but when you reheat you’ll want to add a little more liquid. It can sit on top of the stove for a few hours.

From The New York Times

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