Lately I’ve been trying to simplify my lunches by making large dinners at the beginning of the week and then reheating the leftovers. This chickpea and spinach stew is something I adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe, and it’s perfect for simple, hearty summer eating. You could easily add zucchini, mushrooms or any number of other veggies! I like to eat it with a nice, thick slice of crusty sourdough bread and some Cholula hot sauce drizzled on top. You could also spoon it over brown rice or quinoa—it’s a very flexible dish.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
15 oz can diced tomatoes WITH liquid
45 oz chickpeas (3 cans), rinsed and drained
1 cup vegetable broth
10 oz baby spinach
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and salt. Stir and let simmer until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cumin, ginger and cayenne. Stir to combine and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes (with their juice!), chickpeas and broth. Stir and let cook for another 5 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, potato masher or even a large fork, blend the chickpeas about halfway to mush. You want to have a combination of mashed and whole chickpeas—don’t go too crazy. Just do enough to get the broth to thicken up.
- Gradually add the spinach to the pot, folding the leaves in as you go. If you need to add a little bit of water to loosen things up, that’s fine—try adding it a few tablespoons at a time. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add lime juice and cilantro and stir well. Done!
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Sounds delicious! I am a sucker for anything with ginger. Or chickpeas.
You are on a roll!
I’m making this! I just joined WW last week, actually, so this recipe is timely.
Ahhhhhh, and I’m back to WW! My safe place. 😉
I am definitely going to make this. With one vegetarian and one vegan daughter, this will be perfect!
This looks just fantastic 🙂 I love chickpeas but often run out of things to do with them and fast 🙁 Thank you for sharing.
Anna, I cooked this for dinner last night (froze a few portions), had it for lunch today, and have decided to make ANOTHER batch swapping out two cans of chickpeas for a cauliflower (I like really love cauliflower and think it’d be a great thickener). Yes, I want to eat that tonight. Can you tell I love this recipe? 😉 THANK YOU.
Oh wow, cauliflower sounds great! Did you cook/steam it separately before adding it to the pot?
Thank you!! I made this last night and it was delicious. Everyone loved it.
I’ll try adding some cauliflower next time-thanks for the suggestion MOMO.
So glad to hear that, Ann! I’m making it again tomorrow. 🙂
This was a great recipe! I didn’t read the directions closely enough and only used one can of chickpeas, but it still turned out delicious. I accidentally ate the whole batch, so I guess it’s a good thing that I left two cans out. Thanks for the recipe!
Yet another winning recipe from your blog that is destined to become a staple for me, so good!
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I NEVER comment on blogs, but just wanted to thank you for sharing this really delicious recipe. I made it for lunch today, and loved it! I’m excited to share with my hubbie later for dinner. (My culinary skills are not the highlight of our marriage… hahhaha)
I am about to make this for the second time to bring to work this week for lunches (I usually sub out a can of chickpeas for cauliflower). It’s delicious and, importantly, filling. Thanks for sharing!