Sunday 13 October 2013

Quick & Healthy Chickpea Chard Stew

This recipe is a testimony to the fact that healthiness and tastiness can be combined with simplicity in a fast one pan dish. A few simple ingredients, a bit of heat, and this dish will make it to the table within twenty minutes! Although it relies primarily on chickpeas this meal is French inspired in the sense that it relies on a few fresh ingredients and good execution to make something with good flavour and smooth mouth feel. It's also an easy meal to make vegetarian, simply use olive oil and vegetable broth and throw in a tad more salt, maybe some soy and voila! Take a chance and whip this together when you want a fast healthy dinner on a busy night, you won't be disappointed.

-1 can chickpeas
-1 large bunch of chard (approximately 15-20 leaves, don't worry you'll be surprised by how much it reduces to!)
-2 yellow onions
-3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
-1 large tomato
-1 1/2c. Broth (I used the boiling water of a ham)
- 1 teaspoon of bacon dripping or olive oil
-Pinch of paprika
 -Salt/pepper to taste

1) Melt fat in a pan on medium
2) Chop onion and add to fat, cook until soft, add garlic and paprika, cook until fragrant
3) Add chickpeas and cook until dry
4) Coarsely chop tomatoes and chard, add it to the garlic chickpea mixture
5) Once the vegetables have reduced and begin to stick to the pan add the broth, cook until thickened to a stew like consistency. Serve hot!

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