Jalfrezi a la Chickpeas
March 24 2011
I love to grocery shop when I’m hungry. I know, I know……probably not the best idea, but it’s the only way I’ve ever been! I usually gather a couple cookbooks, drive to the store, and see what I’m in the mood for. And sometimes I plan my meals out ahead of time. But the other night, I went in for just one item, and the hunger struck me. Barley was on the brain…so I went and got barley. “What will I do with this,” I thought. “Get some vegetables!” I told myself. Well barley and veggies are great, but I need some protein….so I grabbed some chickpeas in a can. I was wandering slowly away from the beans, pondering how to spice it up. And then, all of a sudden, I hear, “Pick me! Pick me!” and look over to see a jar of sauce shouting out to me from the shelf…Seeds of Change certified organic Jalfrezi Simmer Sauce with bell peppers and coconut….low and behold, I made a new discovery, combining all these for a quick hearty meal. And it’s easy as 1,2,3. Here you go, enjoy.
Prep time: about 30 minutes
Servings: 4-5 P.S. To make this recipe only costed $10 (and that includes a prepared sauce, imagine how much cheaper homemade sauce would be). So that’s about $2 per meal! Nice n’ cheap!
Protein grams per serving: about 15 grams
What you’ll need:
- 1 3/4 cups of organic pearled barley
- 1 stalk fresh organic broccoli, cut off the stem and use florets
- 1 medium organic carrot, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
- 1 can organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
- 1 jar Seeds of Change Jalfrezi sauce
What to do:
- Soak the barley about two hours before you want to start this recipe. Just measure, pour in a mixing bowl and cover with water, about an inch above the barley.
- Start by filling a medium sized pot with water, a couple inches from the top. Bring to a boil.
- In the meantime, drain your soaking barley in a colander and rinse well. Let sit.
- Peel and slice the carrot. Rinse and chop the broccoli.
- Add the barley to boiling water. Cook 25-30 minutes, so that it’s gently bubbling, or reduce to simmer and cover, either way stirring occasionally (add more water if necessary!)
- After adding the barley get the water and steamer ready for the vegetables. Steam for 5 minutes.
- While steaming, open the jar of sauce and put in a small saucepan.
- Open, drain and rinse beans. Add to the sauce and heat thoroughly.
- When barley is done, drain if needed. Combine barley, veggies and sauce mixture in a casserole dish and you’re done!