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    It’s Meatless Monday-Spicy Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

    When it’s cold outside I long for dishes that have a little kick to them. I always have a couple of cans of chickpeas sitting in the pantry, zucchini was on sale so I thought about combining the two to make a spicy stew which could be served over couscous. This is what I came up with. It’s vegan and you can just about use whatever vegetables you like or have on hand. The addition of chopped green olives adds a nice salty contrast to the heat of this dish. 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce 1 15 ounce can of chopped…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-‘Pumpkin’ and Chickpea Curry

    Sometimes recipes are created by looking at a vegetable and wondering what you can make with it. That’s how this week’s Meatless Monday dish came about. Inside the CSA box was what I initially thought was a pumpkin. It was in fact, a red kabocha squash. Either way I was tempted to keep it for Halloween as it looked so festive sitting on the table. However, I got curious as to how it would taste and what I could do with it. As the weather’s turned cold with some snowflakes in the air, something warming like curry came to mind. So this is what I came up with, a Thai…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Summer Minestrone Soup with Chickpea ‘Croutons’

    The temperature is heating up and while it might seem crazy to be making and eating soup, I always make a batch of minestrone this time of year. Seeing veggies that are sometimes harder to find in winter, or cost more, gives me the motivation to make a batch. Even if you don’t eat it now, it freezes well. For this one I tried two new ingredients, or should I say, for one, a new technique. The first was instead of celery, this one used cutting celery that was in the CSA box two weeks ago. I’d never heard of it and if you haven’t either, it’s not even celery…

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    More Budget Friendly Foods-Garbanzo Beans

      Garbanzo beans, or as they’re otherwise known chickpeas, is another budget friendly food that I use a lot in cooking. You can buy them canned or dried. I always keep a couple of cans in the pantry. I also cook a one pound bag of the dried variety, using the slow cooker for making batches for various recipes. Just like other beans, they’re full of protein, fat free and give offer a good nutritional bang for your buck.  Here are some of my favorite ways to use them- Hummus One of my favorite treats is hummus. I used to buy it ready-made at the supermarket but the price jumped up so I went looking…

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