Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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Many moons ago, when I was in my early 20’s and living the crazy life in NYC, I found a recipe that I couldn’t get out of my head. It was in Cooking Light Magazine. The recipe was created by the wife of the man who starred in the movie Super Size Me (where he only at McDonald’s for a month straight). Apparently his wife is a holistic chef and the magazine did a feature her and showcased a few of the recipes she prepared for him to help him get healthy again once filming was done. One of these recipes was a Moroccan Chickpea Stew.

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a delicious vegetarian recipe. These big flavors pack a major punch! It's quick and easy to make and very frugal as well. Definitely an excellent way to detox!

At that point in my life, I rarely found myself gravitating towards entrees that were meatless. But the minute I saw that recipe, I knew I had to try it. Boy, am I glad I did, because this recipes immediately became a favorite of mine and has consistently made it’s way into my lunch rotation for several years.

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a delicious vegetarian recipe. These big flavors pack a major punch! It's quick and easy to make and very frugal as well. Definitely an excellent way to detox!

It’s a great option if you’re looking for a dish that’s not only packed with flavor and satisfying, but this dish is a really great option when I know I’ve been making poor eating decision and am in need of a detox. Not only is it delicious, it’s quite easy on your wallet because it doesn’t include meat.

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a delicious vegetarian recipe. These big flavors pack a major punch! It's quick and easy to make and very frugal as well. Definitely an excellent way to detox!

As per the recipe, I enjoy this dish over brown rice and topped with Greek yogurt (though she originally recommends plain yogurt, I love how the Greek yogurt compliments the spices) and I also add plenty of Cilantro because I love it. It makes a good-size batch, so I’ll usually make it on a Sunday night and bring it to work for lunches all week.

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a delicious vegetarian recipe. These big flavors pack a major punch! It's quick and easy to make and very frugal as well. Definitely an excellent way to detox!

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Source: Alexandra JamiesonThe Great American Detox Diet, as featured in Cooking Light

Ingredients,

  • A couple teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of onions, diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, diced
  • A couple cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (if you don’t want it too spicy, remove the seeds)
  • 1 1/2 cups of potatoes, diced (I didn’t peel them because I’m lazy but the original recipe calls for peeling)
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. of sea salt
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 14 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz. can of vegetable broth (I’ve also used chicken broth with great results)
  • Brown rice
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat your oil over medium high heat and saute your onions, carrots, garlic, jalapeno and potatoes for about 6-7 minutes to soften.

Add the cumin, chili powder, turmeric, sea salt, tomatoes, chickpeas and broth and bring the mixture to a boil.

Once it’s boiling cover and reduce the heat to medium low and allow the stew to simmer for around 20 minutes.

Serve over hot brown rice, topped with the Greek yogurt and cilantro.

Enjoy!

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18 Comments

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    Scott
    February 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm Really really interested in trying. I'd cook my own chickpeas to cut down on the sodium in canned versions though. Scott recently posted...Thrift Treasure: 3D ChessMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm Give it a shot- it's super delicious!
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    Huub Ricardo
    February 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm Kind of feel like you can also use it as dip for nachos. Maybe not ofcourse...but it looks delicious. Indeed over brown rice...sooo that's been a while since I had brown rice. Think i need to do some shopping :) thanks for the delicious recipe tip as always. Huub Ricardo recently posted...Get the Brick Wall LookMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm think that's a great idea- it's super flavorful so It would play really well with Nachos :)
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    Sammi
    February 26, 2016 at 10:23 am Gorgeous photos! Love this healthy recipe :) Well done! Sammi recently posted...10 Secrets Your Yoga Pants Don’t Want You to Know about Healthy LivingMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 29, 2016 at 11:36 am Thank you so much! :)
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    CJ Huang | Morsels of Life
    February 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm Sounds super tasty! And I bet it'd be easy to make in a slow cooker too. I'll have to give it a try. :) CJ Huang | Morsels of Life recently posted...Curry ChickenMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 29, 2016 at 11:31 am Good idea- I bet this would turn out beautifully in the slow cooker!
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    Single Mum Speaks
    February 27, 2016 at 11:45 am This sounds lovely. I make a Moroccan chickpea soup, which is quite similar to this in terms of ingredients. Will definitely try this recipe too.
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      Jessy
      February 29, 2016 at 11:30 am Yum- a soup with similar ingredients sounds AMAZING!
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    Karen
    February 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm I probably would eat it as a chili without putting it on top of anything and have a salad with it. Does sound yummy. I will be pinning it. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real Friday Link Party. Karen recently posted...Healthy Reading Challenge – February 2016My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 29, 2016 at 11:28 am Thank you- That sounds like an excellent way to enjoy it!
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    Lisa/SyncopatedMama
    February 29, 2016 at 8:38 am We love these types of recipes, so I know I'll be trying this one soon! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!
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      Jessy
      February 29, 2016 at 11:26 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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    Carla
    March 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm I've heard you need to buy turmeric at specific places to get the 'good' stuff. Do you buy a particular brand or at a certain store?
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      Jessy
      March 6, 2016 at 11:17 am I am lazy and stuck to Wegmans (ie our local grocery store). It's quite possible I just don't have a very sophisticated palate because it seemed tasty to me :)
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    Melissa
    March 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm The question is.... Where do the potatoes come in? I'm in the middle of making this and not sure when to add them!
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      Jessy
      March 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm Sorry about that I don't know how I missed it- the potatoes go in right at the beginning. I just updated it. Enjoy!

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