I swear this man can make anything sound good. I love his down-to-earth, yet exciting recipes like the lentils with curried tarka I made a while back. I actually can’t believe I don’t have “How To Cook Everything” yet, but the vegetarian version is on my Amazon wish-list. I paged through a copy and loved the sound of the recipes as well as the idea of eating “vegan until 6:00 pm.” I strive to follow a similar mantra.

With that said, this recipe needed a major make-over. A bed of fried spinach topped with fried chickpeas and chorizo? Mark, please. I know that it may have never been your intention to claim this as a “healthy” recipe, but drenching everything in oil, does not a good dinner make. So I worked my nutritionist magic and revised the recipe to a bed of wilted spinach and red pepper topped with toasted chickpeas and chorizo. Just as flavorful and so much healthier. I promise.

Toasted Chickpeas & Chorizo over Spinach adapted from Mark Bittman at The New York Times

  • 2 links chorizo, sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 bag of spinach (5 oz), roughly chopped
  • cilantro (optional)

Heat pan and add chorizo. Cook until lightly browned and set aside. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to pan and add chickpeas, cooking until lightly toasted. Set aside with chorizo. Add last 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to pan and add pepper and spinach. Take off heat once spinach has wilted. Season with salt & pepper and serve chickpea and chorizo mixture over spinach. Top with cilantro if desired.

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  1. L0ri
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Oh, I have some chickpeas in the fridge that need to be used. This will be perfect. It looks great!

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  2. L0ri
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Oh, I have some chickpeas in the fridge that need to be used. This will be perfect. It looks great!

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  3. mary beth
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    looks great em! i am so excited that i have houli eating chickpeas! i cannot tell you how motivated i am to eat better after our cali trip. :)

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  4. mary beth
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    looks great em! i am so excited that i have houli eating chickpeas! i cannot tell you how motivated i am to eat better after our cali trip. :)

    Reply

  5. Mo@MommyRD
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Look yummy as usual! Do you use a light box for your photos? They are SOOO professional looking!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Mar 20, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

      I don’t use a light box, just my kitchen table and some track lighting! (oh and a good camera!) Thank you so much for the compliment though!

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  6. Mo@MommyRD
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Look yummy as usual! Do you use a light box for your photos? They are SOOO professional looking!

    Reply

    • anutritionisteats
      Mar 20, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

      I don’t use a light box, just my kitchen table and some track lighting! (oh and a good camera!) Thank you so much for the compliment though!

      Reply

  7. janetha
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    i love ANYTHING involving garbanzos! this looks unique and delicious.

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  8. janetha
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    i love ANYTHING involving garbanzos! this looks unique and delicious.

    Reply

  9. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Chickpeas have become a major staple/obsession in my life in the past 2 months. I recently stopped eating meat and these have been a protein source for me. This salad looks great :) thanks for sharing!

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  10. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Chickpeas have become a major staple/obsession in my life in the past 2 months. I recently stopped eating meat and these have been a protein source for me. This salad looks great :) thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  11. actorsdiet
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    i love bittman! or “bitty” as they called him on that pbs show…

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  12. actorsdiet
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    i love bittman! or “bitty” as they called him on that pbs show…

    Reply

  13. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    I have all these ingredient! YaY! I can’t wait to try it out, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    I have all these ingredient! YaY! I can’t wait to try it out, thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  15. Chelsea Ward
    Mar 21, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    This looks like a great adapted recipe. I love anything involving chickpeas and spinach.

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  16. Chelsea Ward
    Mar 21, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    This looks like a great adapted recipe. I love anything involving chickpeas and spinach.

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  17. jqlee
    Mar 22, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    I love chickpeas and I love all things toasted and roasted. Why haven’t I put the two together yet??

    Your salad looks delish!

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  18. jqlee
    Mar 22, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    I love chickpeas and I love all things toasted and roasted. Why haven’t I put the two together yet??

    Your salad looks delish!

    Reply

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