Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (plus liquid)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into small florets
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach, chopped


In a large sauce pan [I used a wok], heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion & cook until soft. [I cooked it 3-4 minutes.]  Then add the cumin & ginger, and cook 1 minute more (until fragrant).

Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, cauliflower, and 1/2 c water, and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat and simmer until veggies are tender and liquid has thickened (15-20 min).  [I cooked the mixture covered for 10 minutes, then uncovered for 5 minutes.]

Fold in the spinach and stir until just wilted (1-2 min).

Makes 6 generous 1-cup servings.

Nutritional information per serving (approximates): 120 calories, 1.5 g fat, 20 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 7 g protein.

My notes:

  • Since I cooked the dish covered for 10 minutes, I probably should have cut the water back to about 1/3 cup instead of the advised 1/2 cup.
  • This stew is better after spending the night in the refrigerator.  The flavors intensified slightly, the various components seem more cohesive and blended together, and the sauce thickened up a touch to make it less soup-y.

The ratings:
Mental Cost (ingredient availability): Low
Financial Cost (ingredient cost): Low
Emotional Cost (cooking skill level): Low
Time Cost (recipe preparation): Low
Life Cost (clean up time/effort): Low
Worth It?  (rate from 1-5): Somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.

The Bottom Line: Will I make this recipe again?
Eh, probably not.  It’s fine, but nothing super-special.

Update 1/25/11: When I made this stew a few weeks ago, I froze a few servings of it.  Today I ate one of those frozen-then-reheated servings – and it turned out really well!  The taste was good, and the texture was totally fine, too.  So, given the ease, the good flavor, and now the super-awesome versatility of this dish, I’m increasing it’s rating from a 3.5 to a 4.25 – and maybe even a 4.5.

About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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