Spinach and Chick Peas – 3 ways

I whipped this up for dinner recently using the Indian version.  Delish…and it’ll be lunch today.  If you don’t like a big bunch of cooked spinach this may not be for you but I love it….and you should eat more greens 🙂 so this is a perfect way to get them. The possibilities are endless but I’ll give you three tasty options depending on what you’re craving.

Many times I don’t care what veggies I’m cooking and I just chopped and saute whatever I have on hand but the big decision is what flavours I’m craving so that’s why I have options for you too!

Another bonus…it’s fast! It’s like a dump and simmer kind of recipe.  I used green onions because I was in a hurry and didn’t want to wait to saute a regular onion.  Mushrooms would be perfect but I ran out.  You can have dinner ready in 30 minutes with minimal mess.

Spinach and Chick Peas - 3 ways
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Serves: 2-4
 
Fast and easy nutritarian meal you can make in three different ways
Ingredients
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans chick peas (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 pkgs of frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed out)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • For the spice variations see below
Instructions
  1. Saute the green onion in some water and 2 minutes later add the garlic. Add your spices and herbs and stir them around. Dump the tomatoes, 1 cup water, the chick peas and stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes to combine the flavours.
  2. Add the spinach, stir well and simmer 10 to 15 minutes more.
  3. Indian version – 1tsp cumin, 1 tsp ground corriander, 2 tsp curry powder, 2 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce to taste
  4. Italian version – add basil, oregano and rosemary to taste
  5. Mexican version – 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp oregano, hot sauce to taste

We had this with a bit of whole wheat pita to soak up some of the juices.  I loved it…my son ate it but he’s not a fan of the texture of cooked spinach.

Other variations – add any other veggies you want to use up such as zucchini, mushrooms, regular onion, anything else in your fridge.

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