Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup {gluten free & vegan}

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.

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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.

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Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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? 

58 thoughts on “Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup {gluten free & vegan}

  1. I love this recipe since I rarely eat meat and have been lacking in kitchen creativity lately. I am terrible at actually following recipes, but they always give me inspiration. I definitely agree about finding what works for you in terms of diet, mine is constantly shifting based on how my body feels. If it would rather have chickpeas than steak, well than so be it!

  2. Excellent recipe! I simply adore нут and and soups so it is exact for me ;) I very much love a protein – frankly speaking, I try to add it in each meal. Perhaps because I was a vegan approximately a year ago. It was good experience – I learned very much about vegetables and understood that I really love chicken. Besides, I experimented Paleo this fall – and finished Whole30. Now I practice healthy food :)

  3. My diet has definitely evolved over time, and is a constant work in progress. Regardless of what diet is the ‘IT’ diet at the moment, what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. While those options may not work for you, for someone else it might be optimal. I have nothing against the paleo style of eating and have even considered trying out whole30 just for the sake of it. Protein does get alot of hype, but as you’ve shown there are other means!

  4. “When it comes to my diet… I eat what I want to eat” – I am exactly the same. I do not believe in having a label – just eat what makes me feel good – everyone is different! :) That soup looks delicious – I bloody love chickpeas, you can literally wack them in any soup/stew!

  5. Yay for meatless diets! Glad to hear you are loving it so far. I think the obsession with protein has gone a little too far. Some vegs probably get MORE protein than their meat eating haters. You just have to be knowledgable about your food and maintain balance.

  6. Yayyyyyyyy!!!!! Welcome to team meatless!!! I’m working on a collaboration with The Skinny on Health on a post about how much protein your body really needs, protein for vegetarians, etc. The protein obsession is crazy and largely unnecessary from what I’ve read on the science side of things. In an effort not to alienate anyone, I won’t get into my rant about paleo or veg-haters, I’ll just say that I’m glad you’re listening to your body and doing what you want regardless of what the CrossFitters tell you! There’s no one right way to have a healthy diet or to fuel your body to get strong. I’ve been a vegetarian for a decade (as you know) and I’ve never had trouble getting enough protein or building muscle/strength when that’s been my goal. Anyway, that was a lot of rambling… the soup looks delicious! Pinning it :)

  7. I’m currently working on my view of food and trying not to fall into a specific mold. I’m trying to , like you, eat what my body wants. It’s a work in progress! I understand the protein obsession but don’t feel anyone should project it onto others. :) Only if your doctor says so!! I think everyones body is different and while I’d love to say Paleo or Vegan is better, one size just doesn’t fit all!

  8. That soup looks delicious! I eat meat, but sometimes I’ll catch myself going a whole day without and not really missing it. It really just depends on what I’m feeling that day I guess. I don’t think I see myself ever going meatless, but I totally see the benefits to finding other sources of protein!

  9. I don’t think it’s good to be obsessed with anything diet related! I love me a good amount of protein in my diet. I lift, so I need it. But to go as far as being paleo… not for me. But hey if it works for others who am I to knock it. Nutrition is so personal.

  10. YUM! I love the hint of cinnamon in the bowl!
    And Definitely agree – I don’t title my diet, but I certainly try to get the proper nutrients in…whether from “alternative” protein sources or whatnot. I’ve never been a “meat for breakfast” Kind of person and I like my oatmeal too much to go paleo. Ha.

  11. Girl, you do you. If not eating meat makes you feel best, then that is what you have to do. I think people just underestimate the protein you can get as a vegetarian because they don’t have the creative mind and think that your only option is grains when you take away meat. But, you are smarter than that and more creative, so I know that you will meet your protein needs!

  12. Yum!! This soup looks so good, and I have all the ingredients, so I think I’m going to make it this week! I was shocked at how much I liked chickpeas the first time I tried them. I think it’s definitely possible to get protein from sources other than meat – plenty of vegetarians do it. And if you want to be veg (or practice a vegetarian/pescatarian lifestyle without a label), then you should!

    What I think about “diet” (for lack of a better word) is this – if someone is eating what they do because they enjoy the food, want to be healthy, or have ethical reasons for doing so, then all power to them. If they eat what they do because they are afraid of gaining weight, are using food intolerance to justify restriction, and are not eating enough calories, then it’s time to take a step back and really evaluate things.

  13. My diet has definitely changed over time. I feel like I eat healthier now than even just a couple of years ago. I used to eat a lot of processed foods, drink soda, etc. a lot more often than I do now. I try to eat clean and pretty much cook all of my meals from scratch. This soup is definitely one of those I’d make. It looks delicious!

  14. Yummmm! Chickpeas in soup are so delicious. My diet has definitely changed over time – and the great thing is that I think it will continue to change! I love honoring how I feel at the time and what is working for me. And YES – protein is quite important. We’d wither away without it. And many vegetarians are not balanced enough, in my opinion. BUT – I fully believe that you CAN eat a healthy, balanced vegetarian diet with plenty of protein (without guzzling protein shakes every day). This recipe looks like a great way to do that!

  15. You’re totally right- we don’t need to eat meat to get proper protein everyday. There are so many other healthy options out there (like the ones you listed) but Crossfitters are all into the Paleo way of thinking which avoids beans and legumes. That just sounds like crazy talk to me!

    Anywho, this soup looks amazing and pretty easy too. That’s my kind of meal!

  16. Thank you for your balanced approach to eating and health. I’ve struggled with bulimia and anorexia since I was around 8 years old (I’m now 24) and I continue to struggle after approximately 10 stints in rehab facilities. The bulimia is what has wreaked complete and utter havoc on my life for the past 8ish years. I’m truly like a drug addict but with food, bingeing and purging hours on end everyday. I’ve not been able to maintain recovery but in my short periods (couple weeks at most) of recovery, I’ve become obsessed with researching different “diets” and trying to reconcile the numerous schools of thought regarding health and nutrition. It literally sends me into meltdown mode and for sure doesn’t help in my attempts to abstain from bingeing and purging.

    Though I’d love to “listen to my body” and see what makes it feel best etc., my connection to my mind, body, and spirit has been completely ravaged through my several years of destructive “eating” patterns. It often leaves me really frustrated and unaware of how to approach food. I do weigh and measure all of my food (when I’m really trying to stay abstinent) and follow a food plan (to some extent), but warring with myself over what I should eat and what I should cut out takes up immense mental space.

    I read a lot of health, wellness, nutrition etc. blogs and yours is one I gravitate towards because of your notable balance and healthy approach to food and eating. Thank you for that. It’s really inspiring.

    1. Josh, thank you so much for your honesty. Especially in our society, it is so easy to become wrapped up, confused and frustrated with what we “should” or “should not” eat. It makes me so happy to hear that you enjoy reading my little corner of the Internet. If you ever want to talk, feel free to send me an email. Sending you lots of positive vibes <3

  17. I think the protein obsession is just another one of those food trends to be perfectly honest! I’m pretty sure my naturopath told me I needed a minimum of 60 g of protein – compared to something like 100 g or more you often see being promoted! Oh the health world is wild.

  18. While I understand that we need protein (and to be honest, I think the 10% of our calories or whatever that Health Canada promotes sometimes is definitely under what we should be eating) I really don’t think that we need to eat THAT much of it. I notice that if I eat too much protein, my body doesn’t react well – I get super bloated. I understand that different diets work for different people – some people feel best eating Paleo, others feel best when they eat vegan. Diet is so individual, but if you found something that’s working for you right now, that’s perfect!

  19. I made this same decision about a year ago, and I have never felt better. I was having tummy issues and many of them have gone away since I stopped eating meat. I agree, I could never go paleo, I love oatmeal and sprouted grain bread way too much! Just started reading your blog, its great!!

  20. The soup sounds really good!
    And, I don’t like labeling my diet. It has gone through changes as well. I’ve been pretty much eating vegetarian and I’m loving it. I do eat seafood once in a while but that is when I’m eating out with family. There’s always a misconception that vegetarians don’t consume enough protein. It is possible to get enough protein, even without the protein shakes.

  21. Looks like a great recipe! My best friend eats like you now eat and calls herself a Pescatarian but since no one seems to know what that means when she says it she has to explain it anyway :)

    I’ve increased the amount of protein I’ve had since starting my new food plan but I know you can get heaps of protein from non meat sources you just have to be smart about it as you are being.

  22. I’m totally making this soup. <3 Next week….
    Funny you write this post, as this week I am experimenting (in conjunction with a holistic nutritionist in Sydney who offered me to try one of her meal plans) with a paleo diet. So far: I. Am. Struggling!!!!
    I literally stood in the "meat aisle" for 20 minutes staring aimlessly, and ended up buying chicken and prawns instead of whatever was on my menu. I'll be doing a full recap next week, but it's been an interesting few days and I'm curious as to how I will feel once this week is over. All I know is that I am like you…I don't want to have to classify my diet. If I want to eat meat or veggie, then so be it. I do know, though, that surviving solely off of meat (and produce, of course) is not going to work for me!

  23. Fantastic post Amy!!!! I am a meat eater but could go meatless most days as well and I find I get more than enough protein! I always get annoyed when people forget that protein comes in more forms than just animal protein. Way to do what works best for you!

  24. I have also reduced the amount of meat I am eating lately. I agree that I just don’t think we need as much protein as everyone says we need these days. I watched a documentary, Forks Over Knives (it’s on Netflix), and it was saying how meat causes a lot of health problems. I have loved having veggies be the base of my meals over the last couple of weeks instead of meat. I will probably be getting some yummy recipes from you. :)

    1. I’ve actually never heard of that documentary — thank you! There are certainly arguments on both sides but ultimately do what works for you and your body and life. I am loving soups/stews lately. So easy to make on a Sunday and have for the week.

  25. I have been vegetarian twice – and gained weight both times because I didn’t do it correctly. I definitely try to eat a lot of protein now because I’m so active and it really satiates me, but I do it without meat, too – lentils, quinoa, beans and mushrooms are my favorite meat subs. Also a lot of Greek Yogurt & cottage cheese!

  26. Love the thought of Paleo – but just don’t like labels! I’m all about eat what I want, and that doesn’t mean the processed junk. We make good-for-you & healthy decisions when it comes to food in our house, with the occasional ‘fun food’. I’d like to be a bit more Paleo, only because it would make me a little more aware of getting in proteins + veggies!

    1. No I would have this as a snack or a meal with a sweet potato and almond butter or maybe even some more protein – like a piece of chicken or fish. Depends how I am feeling.

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