Vegan Recipe: Greek Stoup (not a soup, not a stew)

By Wendy Andresen | Mar 01, 2018

Bowl food is the quintessential comfort food. This recipe contains ingredients included in the much-ballyhooed Mediterranean diet. It is loaded with fiber, folate, potassium, iron and protein, especially when combined with bread. Chickpeas, also called ceci beans and garbanzos, have the ability to capture and use atmospheric nitrogen, thus contributing to soil fertility. They are the third-most-widely-grown legume crop in the world and are a sustainable source of dietary protein. They are grown as a plant disease-cycle breaker and help to reduce the need for herbicide and pesticide use. What’s not to love about these versatile, healthy little globes of deliciousness?

This recipe might serve only two hungry people, or it might serve as a side dish for four people who wish you’d made a double batch. You can throw it together in half an hour, max.

Ingredients:

19-ounce can chickpeas, including juice

14.5-ounce can peeled tomatoes, squished, including juice

2 Tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup kalamata olives, chopped up

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. dried oregano

4 ounces baby spinach

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan, sauté garlic in olive oil until fragrant.

2. Add all other ingredients, except spinach.

3. Heat thoroughly for maybe 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add spinach and continue cooking for 2 minutes, until spinach is just wilted.

Ladle stoup into some nice, big bowls. You have my permission to sit on the couch and tuck a bowlful under your chin while you watch TV. Of course you’re going to want some good, crusty whole-grain bread dunked in olive oil with this.

Wendy Andresen lives in Camden with her husband, Ray; her Sheltie, Sunshine; and her bunny, Cosi.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Lynette Walther | Mar 13, 2018 22:12

Great to see Wendy's recipes! This one sounds wonderful and uses things already on hand.

 



Posted by: Lynette Walther | Mar 13, 2018 22:12

Great to see Wendy's recipes! This one sounds wonderful and uses things already on hand.

 



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