Stewed Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Feta

I received a blog post in my inbox from Alexandra for this chickpea stewy dish and decided to try it because 1) Evie loves chickpeas 2) had a bowl full of cherry tomatoes from our garden and 3) needed a vegetarian meal. Perfect right? 

Before I forget here is the link to the recipe on Alexandra’s website,  https://www.alexandracooks.com/2016/08/30/stewy-chickpeas-tomatoes-feta/

First of all you need to sweat some garlic in olive oil, you do this slowly on low heat, I probably used 4-5 cloves sliced and roughly chopped. Just let the garlic cook down until soft. Then I stirred in 2 cans of chickpeas, probably about 4 cups.

Then I roughly chopped 3 regular medium sized tomatoes and about 2-3 cups halved cherry/grape tomatoes. 

Throw all of the tomatoes into the chickpeas. Stir. Then I added about 1/2-3/4 of a bottle of capers. And a large splash of balsamic vinegar. Turn up the heat to medium to get simmering and the tomatoes will start to release their juices. I sprinkled with little salt and black pepper. Once it is simmering and nice and stewy throw in a large handful or two of chopped fresh basil. 



When Evie walked into the kitchen she promptly stated that isn’t stew there is no broth, that is not enough broth. Right away she decided it was not going to be good. Until she tried then she gave me that look that says oh, actually I do like it.

Toast some crusty bread or baguette in a hot pan with olive oil to serve with the chickpeas.



Top chickpeas with crumbled feta and serve with toasted bread. It was delicious!

Caprese Kabobs and Monster High Cupcakes

April was Evie’s birthday month, that meant it was busy.  She had a gymnastics party and with a Monster High theme, it was a great party and the kids had a lot of fun.

 

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Evie made these snacks herself and wanted to post them.  We found a salt that we really like and this was the perfect place to use it.  It is a balsamic infused sea salt.

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Frugal Faux Pesto…aka basil pesto

I cannot really call this pesto as there are no pine nuts, or anything replacing them.  We really like pesto, but got used to making it without one of the main ingredients when Evie was in daycare, there was a child there with a severe pine nut allergy. Of course we couldn’t substitute walnuts because like most schools/daycares there is a no nut policy due to allergies.  Now we still make it this way, which we are ok with, because pine nuts are expensive.

We went to the local farmer’s market to get some nice fresh basil and we got a big bunch for the same price we would have paid for a little sprig at the grocery store.  It smelled soooo good.  We also got some local garlic braided with pretty dried flowers.  Evie can’t stop picking at it.  

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Pick off the leaves, wash and dry, need about 2-3 cups

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4 cloves minced garlic

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about half cup grated parmesan

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Blitz all of this in a food processor a few times, then blend more, while pouring in a constant stream of olive oil.  I used somewhere between half cup and a cup of olive oil.  Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.

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We kept some pesto for our supper sandwiches and Evie took some to school to dip her bread in for lunch.

The rest we will freeze to use later.  Probably for a dressing for pasta salad for a school lunch.  To freeze pesto I place a sheet of cling wrap over a mini muffin tin and fill the cups with the pesto.  The plastic wrap will make it easier to remove from the tins then wrap individually and place in a container or zip top bag.  That way you can pull one out at a time.

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For supper we made sandwiches on one of our favorite breads, foccacia would also be good.

grilled chicken, avocado and a tomato from our garden. You can omit the chicken for a veggie version

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