I learned something very valuable last night.
Did you know that if you start with a can of chickpeas your meal will be amazing?!
It will. Trust me.
We are busy trying to eat everything in our pantry/refrigerator because we are not going to be eating many meals at home over the holiday.
So in an effort to avoid the grocery store and use everything we have I have been forced to be creative. And guess what, being creative in the kitchen is really fun.
This lovely photo is a picture of our last meal. Chickpeas with broccoli, cauliflower, and bacon. Yep, bacon made an appearance and almost stole the show. But to be honest, the real highlight was the chickpeas. Amazing.
This is a great meal to make using everything you’ve got at home. You can substitute any of the veggies or bacon for whatever you have. The lesson here is that a can of chickpeas can go a long way.
Here is what I did:
Chopped up some broccolie
Chopped up some cauliflower,
diced up some bacon
diced up a yellow onion
diced up 6 cloves of garlic
Pinch of dried oregano
a few pinches of crushed red pepper
salt and pepper
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
I first cooked up my chopped bacon. While that was cooking I steamed my broccoli and cauliflower for a few minutes. Just until they were crisp tender. Then I removed my bacon from the pan. I added the onion to the bacon fat and Sauteed for a few minutes. Add the garlic. Add the oregano and crushed red pepper. Stir. Add the chickpeas and veggies. Stir in the bacon. Remove from heat when everything is heated through.
Serve with some parmesan cheese and a glass of wine. Delicious.
I am heading out the door to grab a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks. Call me crazy, but I love those things. It’s almost Christmas after all, so I feel it is necessary to treat myself. If you haven’t tried one get ready for a sugar rush. They are great!