Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chickpea Stew With Dill

I know, it's like I'm not even trying anymore. What's so chickenless about chickpea stew (besides the obvious)? All I can say in my defense is that it has quite a chickenless amount of dill in it.

Chickpea Stew With Dill


2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 large carrots, sliced
1 rib celery, sliced
1/2 head garlic; cloves separated, peeled, and sliced
1/2 tsp. dried cumin
1/4 c. fresh dill or 1 Tbsp. dried
1 1/2 c. cooked chickpeas
2 1/2 c. veggie broth
2 c. canned/packaged diced tomatoes (I've said it before and I'll say it again: Pomi is the way to go if you don't can your own)
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 c. cooked brown rice


In a stew pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, and cumin. Saute until the vegetables are soft but not falling apart, about 7 minutes. Add the dill; saute to coat. Add the chickpeas, broth, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 20 minutes. If you want a thick stew, stir in the rice and serve with bread. For a thinner version, spoon the rice into individual serving bowls and ladle the chickpea mixture over it. Serves 4.

I must take this opportunity to publicly retract a comment I made on someone's blog yesterday (I can't remember whose, and it's better to do it here where all my readers can see it anyway.) I said that Publix Supermarkets has a good business model and that they really take care of their employees. Well, what should happen but this evening my husband comes home from work and tells me that there's a temporary Publix boycott underway due to a human rights issue. If they raised the price of their tomatoes just a penny per pound starting this next fiscal year, they could afford to pay harvesters a living wage. For the time being, they are holding out, which sucks.

Luckily I was recently tipped off about a market called Harvill's in the Winter Park area (thanks, Nichole!) They sell a lot of local produce and farm-fresh eggs. May not necessarily be organic, but at least every fruit and vegetable I bought today came from within my home state. I'll be psyched to share pics and descriptions of what promises to be a mostly-local week!

Beat the eggs. Whip the cream. Show no mercy.


Mae said...

Wow, this reminds me so much of a soup I used to have all the time at a fantastic Greek restaurant growing up!


Peas Love Carrots

Squeaky Gourmet said...

Shame on Publix--good for you for taking a stand and bringing it to your readers so they can also shop informed!

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a great mix of flavors! I am so interested to try chickpeas and dill together.

MaryMoh said...

lovely stew. I love chickpeas. I usually just boil it til soft, add some salt and eat it as a snack. That's what we brought into cinema to eat too instaed of popcorn.

penny aka jeroxie said...

I like dill with fish but not tried it with chicken. Have to give it a go. Looks like a nice hearty meal too!

Tasty Trix said...

Interesting - I have never tried dill with chickpeas, though I love both. Will have to give this a whirl!

Vegetable Matter said...

This looks so filling, and I love the flavor of dill. Are you (gasp) going full out vegetarian on us???

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This sounds comforting and tasty. Mmmm...

The Chickenless Chick said...

Thanks for the compliments folks :)

@Vegetable Matter... Nah, I'm making a frittata with turkey bacon in it tonight actually. My mom gave me some of the fancy stuff :)

Jessie said...

yummy stew! I'm loving the idea of dill and it's great flavors

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Good looking stew! Interesting with the dill too. Never thought of that.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I'm putting this on my meal plan for next week. I love all the flavors, especially the dill!

wasabi prime said...

while our garden has slipped into a comatose state from the incoming chill, I do love the idea of a chickpea stew! Even though I don't live in the area and aren't familiar with the stores, I totally appreciate bloggers getting the word out on businesses and giving people the full story so they can make informed purchase decisions!

AnjasFood4Thought said...

That will definitely be on our dinner table very soon. Love to explore dill and chickpeas. Sounds very interesting.

Kelly said...

That sounds and looks very delicious!