Sunday, January 12, 2014

Moroccan Chickpea Chili

Did you know that January is National Soup Month, it's also National Hot Tea month, National Slow Cooking Month and National Oatmeal Month. I am not sure who comes up with this or why but in celebration of National Soup Month I though I would share a new favorite soup of mine.

I was looking for something new and different and used ingredients I already had on hand. (Yes, I had turmeric on hand, I think my son had bought it on one of his visits home, it's not unusual for him to cook when he comes for a visit). I was a bit nervous about using all these spices but it was delicious and is now a regular week night meal.

Recipe from "Cooking Light" September 2007

Moroccan Chickpea Chili
 2 teaspoons olive oil
 1  cup chopped onion
 3/4 cup chopped celery
 1/2 cup chopped carrot
 1 clove minced garlic
 2 teaspoons ground cumin
 2 teaspoons paprika
 1 teaspoon ground ginger
 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
 1-1/2 cup water (I used 2 cans chicken broth)
 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained (I used 1 can)
 1 (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes
 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. And onion, celery and garlic to pan; saute 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth, tomato paste, chickpeas and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

This recipe is quick and easy, and has the added benefit of being healthy and low fat and did I mention it was delicious. Trust me on this one, you've just got to give this one a try.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This looks and sounds delicious! I want to start eating more soups.

Thanks for the recipe and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Debbie said...

Well this certainly sounds good. How I LOVE a good soup! Thanks for posting, I think I might give it a try!

Lea said...

Oh, this looks great and we are big soup lovers for sure!! Thanks for sharing!

Creations By Cindy said...

This looks and sound so yummy! We are big chili fans and soup lovers! Will have to try this recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Camille said...

I had to smile at the National Oatmeal Month...etc...too funny! Yes, indeed...who comes up with these things? I *love* homemade soup. Isn't it fun to come up with a meal from what's on hand? I'm trying to do more of that these days to help clear out my cupboards. I guess Spring Fever is kicking in. :)

Blessings to you!

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

this looks so good! I'm going to try it!

Scrappy quilter said...

That just looks so wonderful and so yummie to eat.

Stephanie said...

How interesting that January is National Soup month...I did not know that :)

Your chili looks and sounds delicious, my friend! It also sounds different from what I would usually make and I love trying new recipes so I am definitely going to try it.

Thank you for sharing at Roses of Inspiration - I hope you join us again next week. Hugs!