Showing posts with label chic peas and sweet potato. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chic peas and sweet potato. Show all posts

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The storied chic pea

Chic peas have been my best friend recently. Struggling with making one player foods they seem to beg to be the perfect solution. I can sit and eat a whole can on my own or make something like I did today and have leftovers or some to share. I have used them more since I have moved into the house then I ever have in my life. Chic peas are rarely a miss. Except that one time, when I ruined my mum's pot because I left them unattended, but that was years ago! Sorry mum.

Chic Peas and Sweet Potato

5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 med sweet potato
1 large kale leaf
15 oz of cooked chic peas
2 cups of water
3 tablespoons of cilantro
2 tablespoons of onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons of oil
1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of jalapeno pepper (chopped)
1 teaspoon of salt

Peel and cube the sweet potato. In a pot, bring 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil and add the sweet potato. Simmer for about 12 minutes until sweet potato is slightly undercooked. Strain and remove from heat.

In a saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on low-med heat. Once the oil is up to temperature, add the garlic, onion, jalapeno and 2/3 of the total amount of chic peas. Reduce heat to low and stir every few minutes so avoid the chic peas burning. Saute for 6-8 minutes and then mash the chic peas, garlic and onion with a sturdy fork.

Tear the kale away from the stem and rip into pieces about 1 1/2 inch in size. Add 1/2 cup of water, cumin, black pepper, salt, 1 tablespoon of oil, cilantro and kale to the mashed chic pea mixture. Stir frequently, adding more liquid (1 tablespoon at a time) if it begins to dry out. Once the kale has wilted, add the remaining chic peas (whole) and the sweet potato. Mix gently and thoroughly. Do not allow to simmer, cook for 5-8 minutes or until hot. Garnish with kale and cilantro.

This was just a whim and it turned out excellent. The sweet potatoes really threw this over the top. It has a heavy chic pea flavor then you hit a brilliant chunk of sweet potato and it pops in your mouth. Very tasty and a great afternoon, day-off, late lunch.