Chickpeas and Greens
This recipe goes well with some crusty baguette
bread to soak up all of the juices. The lemon juice really rounds out the
flavors. This myrecipes.com dish and it can also be made with spinach or
- 2 center-cut bacon slices
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 (15-ounce) cans organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 4 cups chopped fresh kale
- 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
- 4 lemon wedges (optional)
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon, and crumble. Add 1 cup carrot and chopped onion to drippings in pan, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup water, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add 4 cups kale to bean mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups bean mixture into each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 2 tablespoons yogurt. Sprinkle with bacon, and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
A Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of black cherries, oak, and a nice, smooth taste would counterbalance the meaty bacon and beans and earthy greens in this hearty dish.