Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Couscous Chickpea Stew

We have some "non-vegetarian" vegetarian friends.  So that means they eat meat and really do like it, but eat vegetarian most of the time because of the health benefits, the cost effectiveness, and sheer deliciousness!  

Each time we have dinner with them we learn a new dish that rocks our minds and makes its way into our weekly meal plan.  And this one is SOOOO incredible unique and savory!!

You should also know that February is a dreary month to me.  It's locked somewhere between the magic of the holidays and the anticipation of spring.  So if we can come up with a small way to warm up cold, gray February I am quick to act!  

This dish is best enjoyed across the room from a roaring fire to cheer up these cold, dark days.  This meal is dedicated to February survivors everywhere!

Couscous Chickpea Stew
Serves 6-8

1 onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
2 cups vegetable stock
1 butternut squash, cubed
3 turnips, cubed (or 1/2 head cauliflower subs nicely)
2 cans garbanzo beans (or white beans)
2 cups of couscous or brown rice

Saute onion until soft in a small amount of olive oil

Add pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger powder to the onion.  Let saute for 1 minute.

Add 2 cups vegetable stock, butternut squash, turnips, and garbanzo beans.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for approximately 40 minutes or until all vegetables are fully cooked.

Serve over couscous or brown rice.  Enjoy alongside a salad and homemade bread!

My Journey to 1000 Gifts:
114. Ellie Faith
115. Tearing through the Bible for answers
116. Awkward moments that make me laugh
117. Volunteering at Alternatives
118. Transportation
119. So many sunny days in CO
120. G-chats during a busy day
121. Students loving Jesus
122. Health and fueling our bodies well
123. Cold drinks from the faucet at 3:10 am
124. Abortion minded women who decide to parent or choose adoption

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.

John 4:34


  1. Delish! Love new ideas for turnips. Will give this one a try soon :)

  2. I bet you will really like it Diana! We had THIRDS when they served it to us. I think it's so fun to use uncommon things like turnips (uncommon for the typical American I suppose) to make something delish and redeem vegetables!



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