Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach

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Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach is a healthy, budget-friendly meal that’s full of flavor, packed with protein and just happens to be vegan!

Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach I’m sharing one of my tried and true recipes today. I was inspired to make this chickpea recipe several years ago after eating something similar at a Spanish restaurant. I think it was Barcelona Wine Bar, where I had a spinach and chickpeas tapas dish that I loved.

Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach

Tapas. That’s another topic. I love them, but I never feel satisfied after a dinner of little plates. Maybe it’s my southern roots? Anyway. I took the idea from that dish and flipped it – letting chickpeas take the lead for a more filling meal. I added smoked paprika to add savory, meaty flavor without any actual meat.
Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach

This month’s recipe redux challenge is healthy budget-friendly meals. Whether you overdid it during the holidays or are feeling uncertain about how the economy will fare this year, it’s a good idea to keep the food budget in check. This chickpea recipe can help. It’s vegan, packed with protein, filled with fiber, fast to make, and less than $3 per serving! What’s not to love?

When eating healthy on a budget, pulses are the first food to come to mind. Pulses include hundreds of varieties of dried beans, peas and lentils. I could write a book on the power of pulses and why you should eat them. But I’m sure you’re here for the recipe, so I’ll just share these main reasons why you might want to pick up and prepare a bag (or can!):

  • Pulses are an excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein and a number of other important vitamins and minerals like folate and magnesium.
  • They may help prevent chronic diseases and help lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol and weight.
  • Dried beans, peas, and lentils have a low carbon footprint making them a good choice for the environment.

Though it sounds fancy, it’s one of the easiest recipes to make with just a few ingredients. I know smoked paprika and turmeric are not in everyone’s kitchen, so I included it in the final cost. Smoked paprika is critical to the flavor in this simple dish – don’t skip it.

Vegan on a Budget

Assuming you already have salt and pepper in the pantry, here’s how the cost breaks down:

1- 15 oz. can chickpeas  = $1.00 (I buy Simple Truth Organic)

1- 5 ounce package fresh spinach (triple washed) = $2.50

2 T extra virgin olive oil = $.40

2 cloves garlic = $0.16

1 t smoked paprika = $0.10

1/2 t ground turmeric = $0.10

Entire recipe = $4.26/$2.13 per person

This recipe is even cheaper if you skip the shortcuts. A bundle of spinach that you’d have to thoroughly clean yourself will cost a lot less, and a pound of dry chickpeas costs less than a dollar at my market. Like most things in life, you pay in dollars or time. And the way my life is set up right now, I choose to save time.

Confession: This recipe had a former life. I’ve since advanced my photography skills a bit and changed the recipe a little too. Take a look if you dare! 

Here’s the current version of the recipe. Before you head out, be sure visit the Recipe Redux link at the end of this post to see all of the other healthy, budget-friendly meals in the roundup!

 

5 from 2 votes
Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach
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Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach is a healthy, budget-friendly meal that's full of flavor, packed with protein and just happens to be vegan!

Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 2 entrees
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: Marisa
Ingredients
  • tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (1-15 oz. can, rinsed and drained)
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp water or vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the garlic, turmeric, and smoked paprika. Stir. Heat the oil and spice mixture 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. 

  2. Add chickpeas and stir to coat with the oil and spice mixture. Add spinach and water. Cook over medium heat until the spinach wilts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

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Smoky Chickpeas and Spinach

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12 Comments on Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach

  1. EA The Spicy RD
    January 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM (4 months ago)

    Except for the spinach (which I just ran out of) I have all of the ingredients on hand. Yum! Love the simplicity of this dish-can’t wait to make it!

    Reply
    • Marisa
      January 22, 2017 at 9:37 PM (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, EA! It also works great with kale 🙂

      Reply
  2. Laura
    January 22, 2017 at 5:49 PM (4 months ago)

    You managed to make wilted spinach look SO GOOD I just want to jump into my screen and eat it all! This looks like dinner perfection!

    Reply
    • Marisa
      January 22, 2017 at 9:36 PM (4 months ago)

      Haha! I didn’t think of that. Spinach is notorious for showing up slimy in pics! So glad I was too hungry to let it cook longer.

      Reply
  3. Gretchen | kumquat
    January 22, 2017 at 11:28 PM (4 months ago)

    This looks heavenly! Ooh, and how far you’ve come with these gorgeous photos…

    Reply
    • Marisa
      January 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM (4 months ago)

      Thanks, Gretchen! It’s pretty funny to look back those photos but makes me wonder what I’ll think when I look back 3+ years from today 🙂

      Reply
  4. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    January 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM (4 months ago)

    Such a simple, beautiful dish and the new photos are stunning (I have so many old photos that I need to update too)! I love the combo of chickpeas and spinach- I make a curry dish using those ingredients. The smoked paprika sounds fabulous in here!

    Reply
    • Marisa
      January 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM (4 months ago)

      Thank you! Oh how I love smoked paprika! And this is my first successful photo update… so many more to do!

      Reply

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