I’ve come to realize that people LOVE food. Quite the revelation I know. We love talking about food, we love looking at pictures of food, we love making food and we especially love eating food. But people also love knowing what other people eat. I am totally guilty of this too. Thank goodness for What I Ate Wednesday and Instagram…
Anyways, awhile back I wrote a post on labelling our diets and why that doesn’t really work for me. Diet has a negative connotation but all diet means is the kinds of foods that a person eats. When it comes to my diet… I eat what I want to eat.
My diet has certainly changed over the years. I’ve been a meat-eater, a Lean-Cuisine-eater, a late-night-pizza-eater and a chronic tummy-troubled eater (feeling great now!) I haven’t eaten red meat in two years. I haven’t eaten chicken in a few months. I strive to make food choices that fuel my body and ultimately make me happy. Right now, I want to eat lots of fruits, veggies, oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and pancakes. Sure that might change but that’s what makes life interesting.
Ultimately, as always, figure out what works for you.
I had a lonely can of chickpeas in the pantry and some other random ingredients lying around so I threw it all together and played around with the spices. I dubbed the flavor Moroccan and delicious.
Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 stalks green onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/2 cup yellow pepper
- 1 can (14 oz) chopped tomatoes
- 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1/8 tsp pepper, plus more to taste
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 5 ounces baby spinach
1. In a large pot, add the olive oil, garlic and green onion over medium-low heat.
2. Sautee for about 3 minutes, until the green onion wilts.
3. Add the yellow pepper and sautee until soft – about 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas to the pot and stir.
5. Add the cinnamon, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and continue to stir.
6. Finally add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
7. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
8. Remove from heat, add the spinach and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Questions of the day…
Has your diet changed over time?
What do you think about the protein obsession?
What do you think about the paleo diet and philosophy?