Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Veggie Chickpea Stew

We started eating less meat several years ago and cut back to no more than one meat or chicken meal per week about a year ago. Ever since, veggie stews and soups have been our go-to meals. On the weekend, I usually make a big pot of soup or stew that is enough for one or two dinners and several lunches.

I often add beans or lentils to my soups and stews for extra protein. I prefer to cook my own beans and lentils, but when time is scarce, I use canned beans. (I’m sure some planning on my part would actually help, and I think I’ll try to cook my beans and lentils on Saturday morning from now on.) When using canned beans, I make sure to rinse the beans very well, as they often contain quite a bit of salt.

Veggie Chickpea Stew

  • Olive oil
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 5 celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 carrots, sliced
  • 2 paprika sliced
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed very well.
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes in tomato juice
  • Veggie stock (1 –2 cups, or more, depending on how “liquidy” you like your stew)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dill
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  1. Spray a large pot with some olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, celery, carrots, and paprika. Sautee for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté a few more minutes.
  3. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and veggie stock and cook for about 20 minutes, until the veggies are slightly soft.
  4. Season the stew with salt, pepper, dill, and the juice of two lemons.

Questions: What’s your favorite go-to meal? What’s your favorite dish with beans? Feel free to link in the comments! I may do a “bean recipe round-up” post if there are enough links.

Be well,


  1. My favorite chickpea recipe is what our family calls "Ham Hodgepodge". It is a great way to use up the last bits of a ham.

  2. This sounds so good, Andrea! I love the addition of the dill!

    For some reason, I've ramped up on animal protein lately and now I'm really missing my beans! Gotta fix that!

  3. how lucky I clicked over from one of your comments today! this looks like exactly what I need to make when I get back from my work travel, thanks for the idea!

  4. That looks so good! I think carrots are my favorite veggie in soups/stews...they're so sweet and rich in flavor. :)

    As for beans, I would go with a chili...can't beat it!

  5. That looks delicious and I too love beans!

    This falafel recipe is favorite for using beans. I freeze the extras and gently heat them up for quick and easy lunches.

    This is a snack not a meal but worthy of mentioning;

    Black bean and corn salad

    Farro,Roasted Squash and Garbanzo Bean Salad

  6. Nice stew...I love the idea of using chickpeas...I do not use often enough. Hope you are having a great week Andrea :-)

  7. This dish looks delicious! I love chickpeas.
    I love using beans in crockpot meals since they are so simple.

  8. This dish looks awesome!

    My favourite dish with beans is chilli fo sure! I actually add chick peas to my chilli.

  9. gosh that looks good because also it's been a cold week.

    lately my favorite go to bean dish has been your old fashioned bean burritos.

    We load ours with all sorts of fresh fillings like avo, tomatoes, some low fat cheddar and lots of cilatro and fresh sweet onions.

    they are amazing, as is your stew!

    Have great weekend Andrea!

  10. It sounds hearty and delicious.

  11. Looks great Andrea.

    I don't use beans that often to be honest. When I think about it mostly in chili con carne and that's about it.

  12. Your stew sounds delicious! Red beans and rice is a staple in our house. I cook it in the crockpot.

  13. Great recipe. Sounds hearty and delish.

  14. Yum! I haven't used chickpeas like that - great idea. We do a lot of black beans. I soak a bunch of them, and freeze them for later. Works great!

  15. This stew looks delicious. Nick and I Were just talking last night about how (without trying) we've had some meatless days lately. I will be posting a new bean burger recipe soon that is now my favorite bean burger recipe of all time!

  16. That looks delicious Andrea! I am all about meals like that. My husband's friends wife makes a crock pot baked bean recipe that is to die for - I keep forgetting to get the recipe from her.

    Have a great weekend!

  17. This looks soooo good! I love vegetarian stews! My favorite thing to make with beans is hummus! And I have a wicked black bean soup recipe too! Time to make it again soon. Have a great weekend Andrea.

  18. I'd love to see a bean recipe round up. I don't have a favourite go to bean recipe but off the top of my head I would have to say that homemade spicy black bean soup with chopped avocados on top has to be one of my absolute favourite combinations. Some crazy alchemy happens to make the flavour of the avocado intensify. Niiiiiirvana.

  19. Anonymous5/20/2011

    The chickpea stew sounds really yummy, and very healthy too, excellent.

  20. Mmmmm!!! I prefer to soak and cook my own beans too. I'll cook up a big batch and free them but will also used canned when I'm pressed for time.

  21. Anonymous5/21/2011

    oh i love the simplicity of this! it also looks so good and filling....i love all things beans but i use cans all the time. i also like the steamed lentils from tj's,

  22. I make a version of this, too. So comforting and hearty. It's great with some curry spices mixed in, too.