Chickpea Stew with Lemon and Chilli Cous Cous

As promised, I’m posting the meatless meals from last week that I missed off due to life getting in the way.  One particularly amazing meal that I missed off was a recipe is adapted from (yet again) Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals series.  Originally, this recipe is paired with super-yummy lamb meatballs but as this was a meat free week and because we loved the stew so much, we decided to go all veggie on this one.  We weren’t disappointed and with the addition of the cous cous, we didn’t really miss the meat.

chickpea stew

Ingredient list:

For the stew:

  • Olive oil
  • Saffron (ooh la la)
  • fresh red chilli
  • spring onions
  • coriander
  • garlic
  • chickpeas
  • passata

For the cous cous:

  • cous cous
  • vegetable stock
  • fresh chilli
  • lemon juice

For the yoghurt

  • harissa paste
  • fat-free natural yoghurt

I loved this meal and it was so filling I only ate half of my plate.  The saffron gives it a nice exotic, savoury flavour that makes the stew really unique. I’ve always been a bit dubious about cooking with saffron–I’ve never really known what to do with it and it’s so expensive I’ve been terrified of wasting it, but it just has so much flavour!  I think I might need to explore more ingredients outside of my comfort zone.


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