Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous

Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous Recipe
Photo: John Kernick

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 540
Caloriesfromfat 40 %
Fat 24 g
Satfat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1,329 mg
Carbohydrate 71 g
Fiber 13 g
Sugars 23 g
Protein 17 g

Ingredients

1 10-ounce box couscous
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 cup raisins (dark or golden)
2 bunches Swiss chard, stems trimmed
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

Place the couscous in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and stir. Cover tightly and let stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, over low heat, toast the pine nuts, shaking the pan frequently, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Return skillet to medium heat, add the oil, and heat for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, raisins, chard, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Fluff the couscous with a fork and divide among individual plates. Top with the chard and sprinkle with the pine nuts.

Tip: It's easy to vary this basic recipe from one week to the next. Try using spinach instead of Swiss chard, almonds in place of pine nuts, or currants as a substitute for raisins.

Note:

Sara Quessenberry,

February 2007
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