Monday, May 1, 2017

Olive & Chickpea Masala Bowl

I know I've done a good grocery haul when making meals takes me under thirty minutes. Having a well stocked pantry and refrigerator allows me to make healthy-quality-meals in no time. For example, this recipe was a quick grab of good quality canned tomatoes, organic canned chickpeas, and trader joe's Manzanella green olives! Everything else was from the spice rack, and freshly bought greens. You can switch out the farro for quinoa, or rice- I chose farro because of the great health benefits but anything would work!

1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup good marinara 
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup pitted green olives
1.5 cups chickpeas
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup Farro, cooked according to package
*optional toppings
1 cup small chopped chives
1 cup shredded cheese

In a small bowl stir together all spiced and set aside. In a large sauce pan, bring tomatoes in sauce and marinara to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in spices. Continue simmering, about 2 minutes. Add chickpeas, and olives stirring together in sauce. Add spinach, turn off heat and cover pan letting spinach wilt. After 2 minutes stir in spinach evenly into sauce. Serve warm over Farro. Top with freshly chopped chives and shredded cheese.
Yields: 4 servings 

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