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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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Sharon Selby is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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This is a delicious budget friendly family dinner thatís packed full of goodness. Itís so forgiving and easy to do you canít go wrong. Plus a one-pot meal makes this a favorite with whoever ends up doing the washing.

As we are a dairy free household, chickpeas are great as they are brilliant for bone health. Being rich in manganese, they help build bone structure. They also contain bone-healthy minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Furthermore they are a great source of fibre. If I use canned beans I always go for organic and BPA free tins to reduce toxins.

This dish is full of goodness and includes loads of fresh ingredients including tomatoes, onions, garlic, capsicum and spinach. Jazzed up with Moroccan herbs and stock to pack in some great flavor.

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Serves 4

1 onion roughly chopped
6 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
5 tomatoes roughly chopped (or replace with 1 tin)
1 red pepper chopped

1 heaped teaspoon of sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper

3 cans of chickpeas (rinsed and drained well)
1 cup of vegetable stock
1 teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)
Seasoning to taste
Oil for sautťing
120g (one bag) of fresh baby spinach washed

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic and saute until they begin to turn translucent (about 3 minutes)

Add all four spices and mix into the onion and garlic for a further minute or two.

Add chopped tomatoes, pepper, chickpeas, broth, sugar and seasoning. Stir well.

Chickpeas should be just covered with liquid. If not add more broth or water so they are just covered.
Bring to a simmer, then lower heat and gently simmer for about 45 minutes.
Remove from the heat and use a hand held blender or potato masher and mash up in the pot to the desired consistency.
Stir in the fresh spinach and let it wilt away in the soup.

Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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