Vegan · vegetarian

Tomato, Spinach and Chickpea stew

It’s veganuary!

The thing I like about vegetarian/vegan food is it’s so easy and usually uses up ingredients I already have in my fridge/cupboards so I don’t have to make any extra journeys to the shop. Which is good because my flats on the fourth floor and the lift is broken today.

So basically this is a stew of scraps… which come together to make one bowl of something decent. Win


serves 3-4

  • 2 small red onions diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • small bunch of parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika (MUST BE SMOKEY FOR FLAVOUR)
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 200g spinach
  • 2-3 tsp sugar
  • flaked almonds to serve (optional)
  • Olives to serve (optional)


  1. First of all chop all the ingredients!img_7402
  2. Next fry the onion on a low heat for approx 5 min until it softens
  3. Add the chopped garlic to the pan and stir for a 2 mins.
  4. Add the paprika and cumin to the pan and fry for 30 seconds or so.
  5. Add the tomato puree to the pan and cook for another 30 seconds.
  6. Stir in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper and half of the sugar.
  7. Add the chickpeas to the pan and simmer for  15 minutes on a low heat until the sauce thickens.
  8. Add the mountain of spinach to the pan and let it wilt, this may look like it will take a lifetime but it will take approx 5 mins and look like you didn’t add any to the pan to begin with. ABRA-CADABRAAAA
  9. Taste, if the tomatoes are still tasting a bit sharp  add some more sugar to sweeten it up.
  10. Stir in the parsley and……
  11. Serve with rice or if you’re being a extra healthy boring soul like me, some boiled greens bleughhhhh (just kidding they were orate you know!). I served the rest up for others with halloumi….. not so vegan but vegetarian non the less.
  12. Side note- if you’re a wannabe snob like me chopped almonds & balsamic glaze on top is a winner. balsamic glaze on errreehhhhh thing






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