Thursday, November 15, 2007

African Chickpea & Spinach Soup (Vegan)

2 Tbs olive oil
1 med onion, chopped (about 1 c.)
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp if you are using prepacked minced garlic)
1/4 c. smooth natural peanut butter
2 c. low sodium veggie broth, divided
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp coriander
1 15 oz. can chickpeas (AKA garbanzo beans), rinsed & drained
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 c. spinach, chopped
1/2 c. chopped cilantro

1) Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, sauté 5 minutes, or until soft and golden. Add garlic, and cook 2-3 more minutes until garlic is soft and lightly browned
2)Blend peanut butter and 1/2 cup broth in food processor (or blender) to make a smooth paste. Blend remaining broth into mixture.

3) Add paprika, coriander, and cayenne to onion mixture, sauté one minute or until fragrant. Stir in peanut butter mixture, chickpeas, and tomatoes.

4)Simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in spinach and cilantro just before serving.

***I would say this needs to simmer at least 5 minutes, but can simmer as long as you need it to; I simmered the soup for 20+ minutes. I added two can of chickpeas to give it more substance. I used only half of the spinach...oh, and I used frozen, prechopped spinach. And my cilantro was slimy, so I didn't use any. ***
***I pulled the coriander jar from my spice rack to find little dried seed pod looking things. I didn't know what to do with them, so I measured 1 tsp then kind of crushed them with the back of a spoon. Maybe you have skillz with coriander, but I don' that's what I did. Seemed to work***
***This was really good paired with cornbread. And I have found the cornbread of my dreams. I got it at Costco, it is Marie Callenders. So good. So tasty. ***


Styler Family said...

I don't know what is up with the weird spacing.

Chris J. said...

No Meat=No Post

Styler Family said...

But, Chris, I posted this one with you in mind. I thought you would love the peanut butter in it. (Alright, truth be told, I remember you are allergic to some nuts but I don't know if peanuts, specifically, will do you in).

Chris J. said...

I'm fine with peanuts, but I'm most definitely not fine with this recipe. Don't you ever stop and think about all of the ranchers that you're impoverishing when you eat this way? And what about the animals? They live there whole life hoping that they'll make someone happy by becoming a high quality meal. It's how they define themselves. And you're willing to destroy all of their hopes and dreams?

missy. said...

chris is one of those people whose favorite hobby is provoking other people to anger.

must--resist--temptation--to spew forth in indignant vegetarian rhetoric...

Allison B. said...

This sounds delicious!