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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spinach with Chickpeas Stew

Have you ever looked at the bag of frozen spinach and wondered what to do with it? Well, here is a fantastic and flavorful vegetarian recipe of a stew that you can eat with bread or with plain white rice. You can use any kind of canned beans for this recipe.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound frozen or fresh chopped spinach
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Arabian spice (combination of black pepper, cinnamon, allspice and cloves)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon ground dried lime (optional)
1 (15.5 ounce) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
In a deep pan, heat the oil and sauté the onions. Season with salt and spices. Spread the spinach on top of the onions and add water, and bring to a boil. Add tomato paste and lemon juice and dried lime and chickpeas, and stir. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve it in a soup bowl or a side dish.