Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Go-to Moroccan Chickpea Stew

I was having a "deep" conversation today about go-to recipes and the appropriateness of serving vegan food to guests at your dinner table. "What are your vegan entertaining go-to recipes?" my friend Jill asked, who's husband is a newly inspired no-added-fat vegan and who's sister-in-law has been living the "diet" for quite some time.

It surely is a personality thing, but I have zero problem serving vegan food to my non-vegan guests and even crazier than that, I generally experiment on guests. Oh my gosh! I said it out loud.

My feeling is that if I experiment with enough different food at one dinner, there is bound to be something really good in the mix. And what I have found lately is that everything that I am making is beyond passable, it's downright amazing. And I take no credit for this, I'm just a tester and tweaker of other people's recipes. And maybe it's because I'm a food blogger, but I just can't get myself to make the same thing twice when there are a bizillion amazing recipes out there to try!
Like this recipe for Moroccan Chickpea Stew. I truly cannot remember how I stumbled upon Vegan Epicurian's blog, but I'm so glad I did. This recipe is certainly company worthy. It's also just great turned into a salad of sorts, served over a bed of fresh baby spinach on any regular night. If you are unfamiliar with the health benefits of garbanzo beans, check out what Whole Foods Market has to say about them.

Want the recipe?  Get it here. My only changes were that I substituted vegetable broth for the oil and I couldn't find preserved lemons at Whole Foods so I just put in one whole lemon, cut into large chunks and seeded. I started the recipe by cooking my chickpeas from scratch instead of using the canned version. It took quite a while, but was relatively pain free. If you'd like to do that too, get the instructions here.

When you are serving guests, do you stick to tried and true recipes or do you experiment on your company?

What is your favorite bean? Do you eat beans or lentils every day? If not, why not?


katshealthcorner said...

Some of my favorite beans are black beans, chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils, and pinto beans. I try to eat beans consistently (usually at least once a day).

I like experimenting with guests...it's nice to get their opinion. :)

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

I eat a lot of different beans and lentils. Chickpea, black-eyed peas and lima beans are my favorite.

I do experiment sometimes when I have guests over.

The Healthy Librarian said...

Hi Wendy,

We're back to the parallel universe thing again.

Moroccan Stew is one of my go to recipes, too. My meat-eating friend Dick came up with it last year for my husband & my 60th birthday party--a murder mystery. Hmm?

I've been making it ever since, as has everyone else who was at the party. I make it on the stovetop, not the crockpot, and I've made it with peanut butter & with PB2 (the defatted peanut powder) when I want to be 100% Esselstyn plant-perfect.

Dick's stew also uses sweet potatoes for that beta-carotene punch!

I bet a combo of these 2 recipes would be dynamite!

Here's the link from vegweb: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=25839.0

whatkateiscooking said...

I used to eat beans every day, but I got tired of cooking them. I love them all, but my favorite are probably black beans. Chickpeas are a close second!

JL goes Vegan said...

I made this same stew for friends over the holiday! Completely agree that it's a fabulous go-to dish!

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey said...

Your stew looks so amazing! I think it's so cool that you experiment on guests; I'm afraid to, because every time I have, it's turned out less-than-good. One time I tried to make brownies with whole wheat flour (NOT pastry flour, mind you), ground flax that wasn't ground very well and no oil. I served them to guests and... yeah. Not the best decision I've ever made. :P

I eat beans at LEAST once a day, whether it be black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas, pintos or lentils. Black beans, lentils and chickpeas are my favorite. :)

Chris said...

Black bean are my fav.

I have had a couple failed attempts at feeding some people plant-based meals. I have friends who I know will eat beans and such, but I also know too many people who don't.

If I entertain in my home, it is an opportunity for me to show I care about people with food. Ideally it would be the healthiest food I could make, but if they don't eat it, or eat it out of obligation, but don't like it, then I end up feeling like I am promoting my agenda and not showing my love.....


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