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Lemon Chickpeas

This simple Lemon Chickpeas side dish is filled with flavorful hints of lemon and tarragon, making this a wonderful addition to any dinner party, or just a regular night at home. It’s also only 9 ingredients, 20 minutes to make, and uses only one pan! 

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I recently arrived back in Michigan after a 9 day fun-packed trip to Europe. My husband and I went to Germany (for work), and then Prague, Austria and Switzerland (for fun!) and I can’t even express how much fun it truly was. Definitely one of those change-your-perspective-on-life kind of trips. Even though it’s been 5 days since we got back, I can’t believe it but I’m STILL jeg-lagged! I’ve realized I am one of those people that really love my schedule, and disrupting my sleep and workout routines hasn’t been easy. But in the end, so worth it!

While I was in Europe, as expected, I was constantly asked where I was from. That’s not a problem as long as I say Michigan, but if I get specific about living in the Detroit area, I get all kinds of weird (mostly negative) looks. And to put it it bluntly, it gets very annoying. I get it. Detroit has a bad reputation, And yes, I admit, there are areas of Detroit that still need a lot of work and other areas you probably don’t want to venture into after dark alone.

If you don’t know the history of Detroit, it was once a thriving and prosperous city with beautiful neighborhoods, communities, and many jobs. But everything changed drastically after the riots of 1967 (one of the most destructive riots the US has ever seen) and the city has never been the same. My husband grew up in one of those “nice” neighborhoods as a kid and tells me that after the riots, it basically changed overnight and became a very unsafe place to live. I won’t even get into all the horrible stories he has told me, but let me just say, he had a hard life and grew up VERY different than I did.

So Detroit has been through a lot to say the least. The riots, a corrupt mayor, and then the financial collapse in 2007 didn’t help matters. And while I’m not technically from Detroit, I live 20 minutes outside of the city so I feel a sense of pride and the need to defend the city. I was a skeptic, even just 5 years ago. My youngest sister lived in Detroit and was robbed at gunpoint about 3 years ago, yet still maintains her love for the city. And I get it now. There is a positive change taking place and it’s so refreshing to see. People are realizing the potential and the possibilities. I can’t even count the many cool restaurants and businesses that are popping up all over the city.

So this Lemon Chickpeas recipe was inspired by one of these super hip restaurants in Detroit, called CraftWork. They have an incredible “Warm Chickpeas” appetizer and I knew at first bite it was going to be in my idea book for recipes. I love the simplicity, yet it still feels a bit fancy if presented in the right way.  So enjoy making this recipe on your own, or take a trip to Detroit and check out CraftWork to experience the chickpeas (and Detroit) on your own. I promise you won’t be disappointed. =)

In a medium skillet, add the olive oil over medium heat. Then add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Next add the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the shallots are soft. Add the sea salt, black pepper and chickpeas. Heat for 5 minutes or until warm, stirring occasionally.

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Remove from heat and stir in tarragon, pine nuts and lemon juice. Serve the lemon chickpeas immediately.

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Lemon Chickpeas (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This simple Lemon Chickpeas side dish is filled with flavorful hints of lemon and tarragon, making this a wonderful addition to any dinner party, or just a regular night at home. It’s also only 9 ingredients, 20 minutes to make, and uses only one pan!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped very fine (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans (16 ounce) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, add olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until shallots are soft. Add the sea salt, black pepper and chickpeas. Heat for 5 minutes or until warm, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in tarragon, pine nuts and lemon juice. Serve warm.

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