Friday, October 8, 2010

Chickpea Stew Scented with Lemon and Cumin

This one-dish meal is perfect for busy nights!

Heat 1 and 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 1/2 cup chopped onion and 3/4 tsp. minced garlic, and saute for 3 minutes.

Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 (15-ounce) rinsed and drained can of chickpeas, and 1 (14.5-ounce) undrained can of diced tomatoes; bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 6 minutes. At the end, stir in 1/4 cup chopped green onions.

Note: I had to omit the black pepper tonight, because I was all out! I guess even staples run out sometimes.

Meanwhile, bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add 1/2 cup dry polenta, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then remove from heat. Stir in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vegan butter (such as Earth Balance - which I forgot!), then cover and let stand until the stew is finished cooking.

Serve 1 and 1/3 cups stew over 2/3 cup polenta in each of 3 bowls. Dollop each serving with 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream (such as Tofutti). Each serving is 400 calories.

canned chickpeas $1.99
canned diced tomatoes $1.99

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance