Oh my goodness I can’t even remember how long it has been since I’ve written a blog post! Too long! I have had a LOT of things going on that have resulted in scrambled eggs, grilled cheese and Panera for dinner. Things like applying for jobs and dealing with apartment flooding have taken priority (go figure).
I had some spare time in the evenings this past week and actually cooked a healthy balanced meal for myself. And to share with you! This pasta is one of the best dishes I’ve made- no doubt. I got inspiration from this book. Such a great read about using every bit of every food. I also had a tiny bit of leftover cheese from one of my dietitian preceptors that she brought back for me from SPAIN. Yum
I had some garlic cloves, a can of chickpeas in the back of my pantry and dried pasta. I threw in some spices and spinach and dinner was done! This is definitely a 30 minute meal and super filling. Even though I am not a labeled vegetarian, I eat a lot of vegetarian style meals. This one is a new fav!
Side note about garlic, I have major issues with it. I love the taste and how it elevates dishes. BUT any time I eat raw or lightly sauteed garlic I taste it for days after. It seeps out of my pores all day and gives me a nice garlic perfume. I have roasted it before which makes it super sweet and gets rid of the bite. For this dish, I infused a bit of olive oil with garlic until the cloves were nice and brown then I took them out. Worked perfectly! I got all of the flavor from the garlic cloves, but it didn’t stick with me.
Try this pasta next time you are stuck for a weeknight meal!
Garlicky Chickpea Pasta
1/4th box Dried pasta (White or Whole Wheat)
1/2 cup frozen spinach
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 can low sodium Chickpeas
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon spice blend (I used Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute which is similar to Mrs. Dash)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese (use something strong!)
1. Cook pasta according to box directions, add frozen spinach to the boiling water with about 3 minutes left.
2. Meanwhile heat the olive oil with the garlic, salt, pepper and spice blend. Once the garlic is browned and fragrant, remove and discard.
3. Add chickpeas to olive oil mixture. Toss to coat and heat through.
4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and toss with oil and chickpeas. Top with grated cheese.