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Saffron Stewed Chickpeas: Healthy Dinner Recipes

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When travelling in Turkey, I picked up some saffron. I didn’t know what I’d do with it, as I’m really not much of a cook, but it seemed a good gift for a chef friend–I’d split the small container with her, as it’s notoriously expensive. I know I could add it to my rice, but I keep forgetting. So, as a result, my share is still waiting to be used.

And now I’ve found a recipe I had saved and forgotten. Yum! Time to get cooking! This is one of the healthy dinner recipes I love. Easy.

Yes, saffron is expensive, but a little goes a long way. And it’s good for you! Saffron has powerful antioxidants and it can be used as a digestive, an antidepressant, cancer fighter, and immune system support.

This may become one of my special go-to easy-to-make healthy dinner recipes. 

Saffron Stewed Chickpeas Recipe
I skipped the olives that are in the original recipe, as I don't like olives, but you can add them in, if you like.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/2" cubes
  3. 1 onion, thinly sliced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  6. 2 cups dried chickpeas, boiled and drained
  7. 1/3 cup orange juice
  8. 1/4 tsp saffron threads
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic.
  3. Sauté for 10 minutes, until veggies are soft.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, orange juice, and saffron.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.
Adapted from Alive Magazine
Adapted from Alive Magazine
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