Enter this easy-to-prepare, adaptable and tasty vegetarian supper. The greens (essentially Greek Greens) could even be cooked a day or two in advance, making supper itself a real snap.
NEXT TIME I'll add lemon zest, maybe some roasted pepper, hmm, red maybe or maybe poblano. I might also saute the stems to toss in, maybe more onion and oh, say, some leftover rotisserie chicken. This is also a great way to use up odds and ends of leftover vegetables at the end of the week, whatever's on hand. It's a great 'concept recipe'.
CALORIE NOTES Again and again I'm surprised by how many calories live in those diet-tasting chickpeas. So if you're counting Weight Watchers points, be careful with portion size. It's another good reason to bulk up with more vegetables.
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A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK Garlicky Romano Beans, I remade these a few weeks ago with regular green beans and they were just as gorgeous
CHARD & CHICKPEAS with FETA
Time to table: 50 minutes
Large pot of salted water
1 pound Swiss chard [the inspiring recipe called for 3 pounds, since cleaning/chopping the greens takes the bulk of the prep time, this will greatly affect the timing]
29-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained [the inspiring recipe used 19 ounces]
1 tablespoon olive oil [the inspiring recipe used 4 tablespoons, completely unnecessary]
4 green onions, chopped
[1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped] - included in the inspiring recipe
4 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 400F. Bring the water to a boil. Wash the greens well, fold in half and slice out and reserve the stems for another use. Drop the greens into the boiling water, cover and cook for 4 minutes or until soft. Drain, squeeze dry and chop.
In a large bowl, mix the chickpeas, onion, garlic and chopped greens. Transfer to a greased oven-safe dish. Top with feta, pressing into the greens. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until sizzling hot. Serve immediately.
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