This is blog #50 AND the first blog I attempted from my iPad! (I got about 1/3 done and realized I didn’t know how to underline or insert bullet points! So, I’m finishing this morning.)
Tonight (aka last night), I bring you Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Couscous, wishing that I hadn’t left my computer at my boyfriend’s apartment. But before I begin, I’d like to give a quick shout out to Meatless Monday for the great idea!!!
Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Brown Rice Couscous
Adapted from Marcus Samuelsson
What you need:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic (pressed or diced)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- salt & pepper
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 15 oz can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans
- 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into small florets
- 6 oz package baby spinach
- 1 c brown rice couscous
What to do:
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the cumin, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes and their liquid, chickpeas, cauliflower, and 3/4 c water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Fold in the spinach and cook until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the couscous in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of hot tap water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork & serve with the stew.
The verdict: SO GOOD! I think I literally had about 3 cups of it with about 1/2 c couscous. I added some sriracha for a little kick – if you like it spicy, I highly recommend that option.
On a side note: the Holidays
I can’t believe Christmas is a week from today! I have yet another holiday party tonight, am going to see How the Grinch Stole Christmas tomorrow, then my little sister arrives Thursday to visit for a few days. Sunday, we’re road tripping it to Massachusetts with the boyfriend for a few days of hectic holiday fun.
What is everyone up to for the holidays? More importantly, what are some of your favorite holiday foods?