Sunday, August 15, 2010

baked chickpeas

I love beans, every and all types. Pintos, lentils, black beans, black eyed peas, and of course chickpeas (or garbanzos). This recipe is a great family favorite. It's vegan and rich in protein. I found the recipe in my favorite cookbook, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. The dish is a traditional Greek Lenten meal, and it's full of warmth and flavor. It's very filling, great served alongside a salad and some bread.


Baked Chickpeas & Tomatoes
adapted from the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

INGREDIENTS:
3 15.5 ounce cans chickpeas, reserve the liquid
2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced lengthwise
1 jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1.5 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Gently saute the onions, peppers, and jalepeno in oil over medium heat until the vegetables are soft--about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and mix well, then stir in tomatoes, parsley, oregano, and bay leaves. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until thickened.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Drain the chickpeas (reserving the liquid) and add to the tomato sauce. Transfer mixture to a large casserole. Add 1/2 cup (355 ml) or more of the chickpea liquid, just enough to cover the peas with liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until beans are very tender. Add some of the chickpea liquid from time to time if sauce starts to reduce too much. The chickpeas and vegetables should always be just covered with liquid.

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4 Comments:

At August 15, 2010 at 8:13 PM , Blogger EvalinaMaria said...

Sounds yummy! I think I will try to make this in the crock pot instead of baking.

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At August 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Ariel Bouvier said...

This sounds really good. I think I will try this tonight. Love your blog.

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At August 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM , Blogger Maria Isabel said...

Sounds like a great recipe, I will give it a shot!
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At August 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Crafty~Mama said...

Hello fellow chick pea lover! Though we always called them garbanzo beans when I was growing up. Maybe its a regional thing??

Really cute blog design :) I'll be posting a link to it on mine!

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