July 18, 2011

In the Kitch: Meatless Monday Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas and Carrots on Couscous

I have a subscription to Cooking Light Magazine and 99% of the recipes I try always taste delicious. Since I am trying to get back to Meatless Mondays I decided to cook a recipe from their August Issue. I hope you enjoy it too :)

1/2 cup organic vegetable broth
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup julienne-cut carrots
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice*
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups warm cooked couscous (about 2 cups dry)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
Lemon wedges (optional)

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
2. Dry chickpeas thoroughly in a single layer on paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat, and swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan, and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chickpeas from pan with a slotted spoon; wipe pan clean with a paper towel.
3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add bell pepper, carrots, and jalapeño to pan, and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add cumin seeds and the next 5 ingredients (through garlic) to pan, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add reserved broth mixture and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.
4. Serve over couscous, and top with cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

* I didn't realize the recipe called for cumin seeds so I used 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin combined with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon chili powder instead of allspice.

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