Monday, October 24, 2011

Healthy, 10-Minute Dinner Recipe

I do follow recipes, just not exactly.

I find recipes to be more like idea suggestions than sacred texts. Taking recipes too seriously leads to fear and loathing in the kitchen. If I’m cooking up a formal dinner for 12 (ok, that’s never happened), I’ll get serious with the measurements. But, I’m talking about whipping up a weekday meal here! Relax!

With that in mind, I give you my healthy go-to dish. I’ve made it dozens of times, usually just for myself. Every time I make it, it’s a little different. You can change up the beans, veggies or greens. It’s not fancy, but it’s warm and tasty. There is something very satisfying about cooking a healthy, one dish meal for yourself. I encourage you to deviate from the recipe below! 

Comforting Chickpea Vegetable Sautee
(Serves One Fabulous Person)

½ can of chickpeas
Drizzle of olive oil
Bell pepper
3 cups any dark leafy green (kale, arugula, spinach, collards…)
Pinch of salt or pepper

Warm up a drizzle of olive oil in a big nonstick pan. Rinse half a can of chickpeas in running water and toss them in the pan under medium heat for a few minutes. Next, add a huge chopped zucchini and a whole bell pepper (really any choppable veggie will do). Give the whole thing a few minutes for everything to get warm and just a little brown on the edges. When it looks just about perfect, dump all your delicious leafy greens on top in a huge mound. It should look like way too much! Give them just a minute or two to wilt down. You could put a top on the pan or just turn them over a few times to let them touch the bottom. As soon as the greens have wilted to your liking, it’s done! 

Chickpeas in pan - I told you this was easy!

Tossed in the zucchini and red pepper

Red Swiss Chard

Chopped it up
Just added to the pan

It wilts to nothing in under a minute
Delicious and Healthy! Enjoy!


  1. Jess! I was just going to tell you that you should publish this recipe. You gave me this one a few months ago and I have been eating this for lunch almost nonstop ever since! In fact, while I am not going to give you all the credit, this is been a major contributor to my losing of 10 lbs. since the last time I saw you.

    I love it because I can use whatever veggies I happen to have. This has also been a major contributor to my not letting produce turn into brown juice in the bottom of my crisper.

  2. Wow, you lost 10 pounds? that's awesome!

    I'd like to take credit for both your weight loss AND the savings off not letting veggies rot in your fridge!

    Nice work, baby bro!

  3. Eating this now....amazing, easy and fun to make! Thank You!!

  4. I just made this for my BF and me for lunch. BF tends to be Big Meat Eater. Even he loved it! Thanks Jessie!