Friday, September 2, 2011

project 365 photo: 09.02.2011 {cumin-spiced chickpeas & carrots over couscous}

Tonight's version of "Yes, my kids eat that!" comes compliments of Chef Michael!

Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas and Carrots on Couscous from Cooking Light Magazine

  • 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 (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrots (we used tri-color carrots from our local CSA, more color!)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (we used ground cumin that was on hand)
  • 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. 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. Serve over couscous, and top with cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

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