Thursday, August 9, 2007

A Delicious Way to Eat Your Greens

As a holistic health counselor, it is my job to help people live healthier, happier lives! Most people don't eat enough green vegetables and they really are superfoods. So....I am going to be adding really delicious recipes to help encourage people to eat more vegetables. Of course, life is about balance so there will be some chocolate dessert recipes to help even things out!

This chickpea stew is from the July/August 2007 edition of the Nutrition Action Health Letter.

Spicy Chickpea and Greens Stew

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 large carrot, small dice
1 large onion, small dice
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (adjust if you don't like it too spicy!)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
6-8 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb spinach (washed in a lettuce spinner and rough chopped)
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Small bunch basil
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat a large, heavy pot over medium heat (I used my large Le Creuset dutch oven and it was perfect). Add 2 Tbs. of the olive oil and saute the carrots until soft, about 2-3 minutes.

2. Stir in the red pepper flakes, tomatoes, and garlic. Simmer until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated.

3. Stir in the spinach. Simmer over medium heat until tender, about 5-10 minutes if using regular spinach (2-5 minutes if using baby spinach).

4. Add the chickpeas. Roughly chop the basil and stir into the stew, along with the remaining oil.

5. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4...or 3 hungry people :)

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