Vegetarian Chickpea Stew

This vegetarian chickpea stew is incredibly hearty and flavorful. It's full of spices - including cumin, turmeric, and paprika - which combine with the veggies to make an incredibly pleasing dish. 

Vegetarian Chickpea Stew. This healthy, hearty meal is a deliciously spiced dinner recipe | This Healthy Table

I made this recipe when I was at my in-laws' house a few weeks ago in Minnesota - they suggested it for the blog because they know I enjoy a vegetarian main meal. We visited their local farmer's market to get the chard (pictured below). I couldn't believe the produce for sale! I mean obviously it's a good time for produce right now, but it was slammed with the most beautiful tomatoes, squash, and flowers. I was loving it! 

Most of you know I spent the last 20 years on and off in the Middle East - I was there for 16 years full-time. I spent most of that time in Qatar, and while I loved a lot of things about Qatar, shopping for unusual produce was not one of them! It's a desert, so it's actually quite exceptional that there are regularly avocados and baby spinach shipped in. But, it's somewhat-impossible to access things like swiss chard, little gem lettuce, edible flowers, Easter egg radishes, and Chioggia beets (among other things). 

Since coming back to the US though, I've gone hard on all the produce. I've reveled in the farmer's market, I spend too long touching fruit in the Whole Foods produce section, and I've taken to making recipes with unique produce (I'm all about shredding a bunch of marigolds in my salad). After speaking with friends around the world, though, I realize I want and need to make all my recipes accessible to a variety of produce availability. 

This was a long-winded way of saying - you can definitely substitute if necessary. I used some gorgeous rainbow chard, which is just swiss chard in fun colors, but this would work with any substantial green - kale, spinach, mustard greens, or collard greens. 

Vegetarian Chickpea Stew. This healthy, hearty meal is a deliciously spiced dinner recipe | This Healthy Table
Vegetarian Chickpea Stew. This healthy, hearty meal is a deliciously spiced dinner recipe | This Healthy Table

This is such a great dish for fall and winter. It's definitely going to be one of my go-to recipes for the cooler months. I enjoy this on its own or over rice. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Vegetarian Chickpea Stew
This hearty, delicious meal is full of veggies and spices.
  • 1 large bunch swiss chard, stems removed
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 preserved lemon, diced and seeded
1. Sauté the chard, in a skillet over medium high heat, until wilted, then coarsely chop. Set aside till later. 2. Meanwhile, add the chickpeas to a large bowl of cold water and with your fingers, gently squeeze off the skins. Drain and discard the skin. 3. Add the garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, paprika, peppercorns, cumin, and turmeric, 2 tablespoons of cilantro, and parsley to a mortar. Pound till combined, then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and mix till a paste is formed. 4. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion, pepper, thyme, and dried chili. 5. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Stir in the garlic paste, chickpeas, and 1/2 cup water. 6. Stir to combine and let cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 7. Add the tomatoes, greens, remaining salt, and another 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 8. Remove from heat and stir in the preserved lemon. 9. Serve on stew in a bowl or over rice or couscous and top with remaining cilantro.
Prep time: Cook time: 15 mins Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information per serving

189 calories | 9 grams fat | 4 grams sugar | 14 grams protein |

This recipe was adapted from the Chickpea Stew recipe in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

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