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Chickpea Stew
Bowl of vegetarian spinach lentil soup with chick-peas
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Chickpeas are a versatile and tasty legume. Low in fat, high in fiber, they also help keep blood sugar levels stable — a miracle bean! Paired with spices and spinach, this satisfying stew will keep you feeling full without feeling stuffed.


    • 10 ounces baby spinach, washed
    • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder or ground turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
    • 1/4 cup golden raisins
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)


1. Pour 1 cup of water into a large, deep skillet and bring it to a boil over high heat.

2. Add the spinach and cook, tossing frequently, until it has wilted, about 2 minutes.

3. Drain the spinach in a colander, pressing hard on the leaves to extract the liquid, then chop coarsely.

4. Mix the garlic with the salt in a small bowl, then add the chili powder, cumin, curry powder and pepper,and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved chickpea liquid.

5. Wipe the skillet with a paper towel, then add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to the skillet and heat for 1minute. Add the onion and carrot to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally,until they are softened, about 3 minutes.

6. Add the spiced garlic mixture to the skillet and cook for 1 minute.

7. Add the chickpeas and the remaining chickpea liquid to the skillet, then stir in the raisins and bring themixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

8. Add the spinach, lower the heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.

9. Serve in a medium-size bowl and top with parsley, if desired.

Excerpted from Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD with Ibrahim Hanouneh, MD. Copyright © 2017. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.