Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Not Up To Grocery Shopping Today? No Problem.

Are you interested in using up the fresh vegetables in your fridge in a quick healthy meal? Oh good, me too!

Thankfully, I had the opportunity to do exactly that this week as I have sorta been under the weather. Uninterested in going to the grocery store, I decided to rummage through the fridge to see what I could find. Low and behold, I discovered some brocolini, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno, and fresh garlic. Add some chickpeas and quinoa and... ta-da!! A meal for two that used what I had on hand.

Here's what I used, but this could very easily be modified for whatever is hanging around in your own fridge:

5 Campinari tomatoes (halved)
1 Jalapeno (finely diced and de-seeded)
2-3 Cups of fresh spinach (washed and stems removed)
1-2 Cloves of garlic (very finely chopped)
1 1/2 - 2 Cups garbanzo beans (rinsed)
1 Cup Quinoa (cooked)
Olive Oil (to coat the pan)
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
Fresh Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

Heat pan to medium-high heat, and swirl in olive oil so that it coats the pan and becomes hot. Add tomatoes, cut side down and occasionally shake the pan so that the tomatoes move (to keep them from burning.) Once the tomatoes become soft and slightly browned, remove them from the pan and set them aside. Drop the heat to medium and add more olive oil if needed, and allow it to warm in the pan. Add the garlic and jalapeno, and saute briefly. Once the garlic becomes slightly brown, add the brocolini to saute. After it sautes, remove and set it aside. Add the spinach and allow it to wilt, tossing it with the olive oil, garlic, and jalapeno. Once the spinach is wilted, remove it and set it aside.

Return the brocolini and tomatoes to the pan with the garbanzo beans. Lightly toss them all together in the pan with red and black pepper to taste. Fill bowl with quinoa, and top with spinach, brocolini, tomatoes, and garbanzo beans. Squeeze a slice of lemon over the top of each bowl and finish with diced green onion.

Let me know what variations you come up with from your own fridge!

-Domestic in the District

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