Posts Tagged ‘chickpeas’

Revisiting Recipes

February 5, 2010

One problem with blogging about what we cook on a regular basis is once we post about something once, we don’t post about it again.  And while we do enjoy trying new recipes and being experimental, the reality is we always strive for recipes that we *can* make again and again. Things that can fall into a fairly regular cycle of things we cook, making weekly plans quick and easy, and always be confident that what you’re going to be cooking is a hit. So many weeks we end up only posting new recipes on weekends, because that’s when we tend to experiment and go all out elaborate meal plans – and the rest of the week we just cycle through recipes we’ve already made a dozen times.

These are the recipes we deem worthy of our “regular” rotation at the moment, and it tends to change every couple of weeks as we add new regulars and put a few we get sick of on hold for awhile:

  • Couscous with Broccoli and Walnuts – We only posted about this one this week, but it was probably the third time we’d made it. So so quick and easy. Also, it’s healthy and cheap – so who could ask for more?
  • Hot, Sweet, & Sour Chickpeas with Eggplant – We’ve made this one twice already, and I would happily make it again in a week or two. Again, it’s super quick to make, and we tend to have most of the ingredients on hand at all times, except for eggplant – which is easy to buy. It’s also a fairly interesting dish – it’s essentially just a simple curry, but with really interesting flavours going on.
  • Soup: We like to have soup once a week -especially in the winter- and lately we’ve cycled between the Curried Carrot Soup, Creamy Potato Leek Soup (which we just made last night, and the Artichoke Soup Provençal.
  • And while we haven’t posted the recipe yet (coming soon!), a new addition to our cycle is a Chili-bean quesadilla. It has everything a weeknight meal should have: It’s cheap, fast, and tasty. A pretty simple dish using poblano peppers, and it’s helped us discover that poblanos are kind of awesome. If we have tortillas on hand, this recipe will be a part of our weekly plan, nearly guaranteed.

Having easy fall back recipes really is key, otherwise we end up visiting our favourite Falafel/Shawarma place a little too often. (We can get dinner for both of us for around $10! And it’s good!)


Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chickpeas with Eggplant

January 14, 2010


Quick. Easy. Healthy. Cheap. Tasty. It’s rare that all five of those descriptors find their way into one meal, and I’m happy to report that this one does the trick. It does require a few unique ingredients, but we had most of them on hand already – so, yay!

This will definitely be a regular recipe for us on weeknights. So many great things about it! It really does have a nice spice, a bit of sweetness (maybe a bit too much – next time I might reduce the sugar a wee bit), and the sourness is a really nice touch. A truly great blend of flavours for an interesting dish worth making again.


Middle Eastern Chickpeas with Spinach

October 20, 2009

This was one of the first recipes that we deemed “company worthy.” It has such a lovely mix of flavours in this dish – spinach, chickpeas, lovely spices with a nice citrus splash, and a mint yogurt sauce to top it off. We usually serve it over orzo, but it works well with pita or rice as well. Not only is it super tasty, but it’s quite healthy and super quick to prepare as well. It’s hard to beat that combination.

It had been awhile since we’d made it, and we really enjoyed rediscovering it. It’s from one of our many Moosewood cookbooks: Low-Fat Favorites. (more…)