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Chickpea Bajane

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 4 servings
Bajane is a Provençal term for the midday meal. Chickpeas are a staple in Provence, where they are often stewed and served with pasta and vegetables. In this version, chickpeas, leeks, carrots, fennel, and spinach are served atop protein-rich quinoa.

Ingredients

  • Quinoa:
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chickpea mixture:
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced fennel bulb (about 1 large)
  • 1 3/4 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) package baby spinach

Nutrition Information

  • calories 357
  • fat 7.8 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 11.8 g
  • carbohydrate 60.4 g
  • fiber 11.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 5.9 mg
  • sodium 728 mg
  • calcium 168 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare quinoa, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 garlic clove to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add 1 cup broth and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

  2. To prepare chickpea mixture, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leek and 4 garlic cloves to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, fennel bulb, carrot, and fennel seeds; sauté 10 minutes or until vegetables are golden. Add wine; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in 1 cup broth, 2 teaspoons thyme, and chickpeas; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and spinach.

  3. Place about 2/3 cup quinoa in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1 1/2 cups chickpea mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon thyme.