Singing Peas

December 5, 2011

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Dinner tonight had to be made in a flash – we had a concert to attend!

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I had everything all ready to go when Matt walked in the door.

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Indian Inspired Chickpeas

Serves 2

In a big skillet:

  • 2 cups chickpeas (cooked from scratch or from a can)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded & chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup leftover potatoes + cauliflower (optional)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp garlic gold nuggets

I simmered ‘em all together for about 10 minutes and served the ‘peas with a side of freekeh, which you can read about in this post! It’s like rice but takes less time to cook!

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Yogurt on top for the ultimate cool dish

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After dinner was consumed, we sardined ourselves into the car to head over to UVA for the Hullabahoos concert!

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Blog-friend-turned-real-friend Hillary invited me to join her, and we had fun chatting it up before the lights dimmed.

The guys were great – love their enthusiasm

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But the real treat of the evening was getting to see our employee, Nicole, and her group, The Choose!

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Only problem was I couldn’t get a clear shot of her face!

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So here she is backstage. Famous Nicole!

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The Choos were great too – loved the holiday songs.

Back at the ranch, I feasted on a mug of cereal. Listening to music worked up my appetite!

And speaking of hunger, I’m on chapter 5 of The Hunger Games and have not spent nearly enough time with my nose in the book! It’s getting good and I’d like to be reading right about now!

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1 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

What fun! …. I need to get my hands on a good book! :)

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2 Cait's Plate December 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I’ve GOT to start reading The Hunger Games!

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3 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I’m not normally a huge YA fan, but my children’s lit professor is obsessed with the Hunger Games- I want to give the series a try now!

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4 Brittany December 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Sounds like a fun evening! I like Matt’s Food Person shirt, Isaac wears the one got all the time! :)

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5 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Yogurt+indian style food=heaven.

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6 Angel7 December 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I love dinners that are quick, easy, and as simple as chop and drop :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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7 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Now I know what to do with my leftover chickpeas! Mmm.

Love the Hunger Games! What part are you at?

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8 KathEats December 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Chapter 5…they’re in their fire costumes

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9 Jen December 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

It was shortly after that I became engrossed in the book…finished the second half of the book in a day and a half (and that NEVER happens when I’m reading something). I could not put it down and when it was down, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m on the second one now. Great distraction from the computer and other things for sure. Must read more.

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10 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

such a fun night! i love that you and matt find ways to get out during the week. we get SO stuck in our monotonous weekday routine of dinner and couch/tv time… it’s my goal to spice up things up!

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11 mel December 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

haha my hubby and I have the same weeknight routine…but I have to admit, I love it!! We are both so tired, we don’t want to do much during the week. We eat, watch our fav dvr shows, talk, hang out with our pups, then read in bed together before bed. I’m an 80 yr old living in a 25 yr body. haha

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12 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Acapella groups are my fave. As are holiday songs. Put yogurt on ANYTHING and it will make it delish.

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13 Meagan December 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love yogurt, it looks great on top of that dinner!

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14 Christina @ Just Running December 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I keep reading about The Hunger Games on the blogs. Is it about eating disorders?

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15 Jen December 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Oh God – NO! It’s a young adult/fantasy type book.

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16 KathEats December 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hahah – noooo!! It’s a young adult action series: http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins/dp/0439023483

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17 Christina @ Just Running December 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Oh, wow, that’s totally different from what I imagined! Haha, I probably should have Googled it a while ago. I read some of the Amazon reviews and saw The Running Man mentioned. I actually thought about The Running Man as I was reading the book description. Have you seen The Running Man with Schwarzenegger?

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18 sarah @newlyeverything December 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

Have the second one on hand (or downloaded) when you finish the first one…its THAT good! Can’t wait for the movie to come out

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19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Sounds like a great festive night! Dinner looks perfect. I love quick easy and delicious dinners!

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20 Jennifer December 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Mmmmm….love Indian food. Looks like you had a fun evening. :)

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21 Khushboo December 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Yogurt is a must in any meal involving garam masala!!

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22 Tara December 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey Kath,

Thought you’d enjoy seeing this: http://collegeprowler.com/rankings/girls/top-smartest-girls/

Davidson is #2 for smartest girls! Pretty neat and made me think of you :)

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23 KathEats December 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hmmm I’m getting #54 for smartest girls? What a cool site though!

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24 KathEats December 6, 2011 at 10:14 am
25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Fun concert!

And I love garam masala. And with the yogurt. Oh gosh, that looks so good! Even better that you had it waiting for Matt when he came home..now that’s sweet…and great timing. My hubs is impossible to time dinners for!

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26 Nicole December 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thanks so much for the shoutout, Kath! I really appreciate it – and so does the rest of CHoosE!!

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27 KathEats December 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

!! You guys were great!

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28 lynn @ the actor's diet December 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

i wanna read the hunger games! maybe over xmas vacay…

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29 wymberley December 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

If i didnt have 4 books half read on my nightstand, I would have opened the Hunger Games by now. I can’t wait!

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30 Shelly @ Comfortisse Bra December 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

This sounds like such a healthy dish and i love eating chick peas.

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31 Mama Pea December 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

You don’t wanna hear these Peas sing. Especially Gigi. Wooowee. Love that girl, but sister couldn’t carry a tune if it came with a handle.

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32 KathEats December 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

I would LOVE to hear the Peas sing!

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33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I just started reading the Hunger Games and I am SO addicted!

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34 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

Keen to try this freekeh! ah that dish looks amaazing.. love indian style chickpeas :)

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35 Simply Life December 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

how fun! looks like a great show!

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36 Heather H December 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

Love the Hunger Game series – I can’t wait for the movie!

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37 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 6, 2011 at 7:29 am

I love the combination of colours and flavours of your dinner. Looks like a fun evening!

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38 Joanne December 6, 2011 at 7:31 am

Terrific way to spend a Monday night.
Dinner looked good as well :)

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39 Karen December 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

Dinner looks like a bowl of goodness! Local theater and singing groups always inspire me to “go for it” whatever that “it” may be at the moment. Many kudos to your multi-talented employee, Nicole :)

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40 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

Dinner looks delicious! :) Sounds like a fun night! I love acapella groups. I was in one during college. It was definitely a great experience.

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41 Hannah @ eat, drink and save money December 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

The Hunger Games movie comes out March 23!

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42 Sarah@The Flying ONION December 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

Oh, please give a nice full review of the Hunger Games after you finish it? I’ve heard mixed reviews (some love it, some can’t stand it) but I’m leaning on choosing it as my book to read next. :D

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43 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

Indian food is so great and healthy with all its spices!

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44 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

That dinner looks delicious! And yes, keep reading! So good!

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45 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

Dinner looked yummy! I love going to concerts. There aren’t enough around here. It’s got to be great living in a city.

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46 Megan December 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

LOVE The Hunger Games! I just finished reading the first two this weekend (nerd alert haha) and am dying to start the third…which will sadly have to wait till the end of the week. Enjoy your read! :)

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47 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

Sounds like a fun night! Dinner looks tasty!

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48 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love Indian! And the Hunger Games was a great series!

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49 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

Boy for a throw together meal that looks awesome! Looks like a great night!

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50 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras December 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

One of our Peace Corps friends in a nearby town was sent a package of Indian spices by his mother. Not knowing what to do with them he asked me to host an Indian cooking night! I’d never cooked Indian before but did some research and made some substitutions based on what we can find here but we ended up with 3 great dishes – Tandoori chicken, Channa Masala (almost identical to your recipe), and Vegetable Curry.

The chickpea Channa Masala was my absolute favorite and I’ll definitely be making that again! Just seeing your pictures has my mouth watering again! Yum :)

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51 Debbie December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I loved The Hunger Games!!!! I read them about 2 weeks ago and finished all 3 in a week! I was up WAY too late at night reading them! Enjoy!

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52 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Are the Hullabahoos a cappella? That’s the best!

Also, I’m right with you in wishing I had more time for “The Hunger Games”. I’m on chapter 14, but I’m only able to read it during my cardio sessions at the gym….I’m too busy doing schoolwork to sit down and read a book for fun! It’s great though :)

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53 Carrie December 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Love, love, love Hunger Games!! I’m reading the series again for the second time right now. Enjoy!

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54 Jane - Hot Booties February 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

What a delicious looking recipe and not to mention healthy too. I love anything with chick peas in it and this looks definitely worth a try.

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