In the kitchen with Kelley: Spinach with Chickpeas

So it’s the beginning of a new year, and one of my resolutions is to spend less time shopping for and preparing meals. I realized toward the end of last year that I was going grocery shopping more and more often instead of looking at what I had in the pantry and in the freezer. So I decided to get creative and seek out recipes using what I already have on hand before shopping for more.  Waste not, want not, right?

My most recent meal challenge offered up frozen spinach and a can of protein-rich chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). I found several recipes for Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans) that used these ingredients and a few others I had on hand. Cooked a batch of wild rice to go with it, and dinner was served.

Frozen spinach can sometimes offer higher nutrient content than fresh. The flash-freezing process preserves nutrient-rich food typically within hours of harvest, whereas some of the “fresh” produce found at your market may have experienced a long shipping trip with exposure to elements that could have reduced its nutrient value quite a bit–leaving you less valuable vitamin A and C.

Spinach with Chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 12-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Saute the garlic and onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook until heated through, stirring constantly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 134.7 Fat: 5.1g Saturated fat: 0.5g Unsaturated fat: 2.9g Carbohydrates: 20.2g Sugar: 0.0g Sodium: 680.7mg Fiber: 5.8g Protein: 6.6g Cholesterol: 0.0mg


Kelley Martin

By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.