Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Lemon pickle (or preserved lemon) brings a strong lemon flavor to any dish. You can make your own from scratch, or you can buy them in a jar. They add a flavor that’s umami, floral, and acidic all at once. Many people associate them with Moroccan cuisine, especially tagine (a hearty stew cooked in an…

Madras Jackfruit-Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie

I used to have an obsession with the Madras Potatoes from the Whole Foods’ Hot Bar. After a long run or a tough workout, all I wanted to do was load up a brown paper take-out box with their delightful, spicy potatoes. When we left California’s Bay Area, it marked the end of Whole Foods’…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Chickpea Eggplant Stew

This stew is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and totally comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian…

Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious!…

Hearty Sweet Potato Garbanzo Stew

Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines.  The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of…

Swiss Chard, Potato and Garbanzo Savory Turnovers

Generally served with grilled fish or meat, blitva is a traditional Croatian side of swiss chard, potatoes and loads of garlic.  Some would say it’s Croatia’s most popular side dish, and with good cause.  It’s sinfully easy to make, and very, very good. Today’s dish is inspired by humble, flavorful blitva.  Adding in some garbanzos…