Smashed Chickpea Salad is just right for the first day of Mediterranean Diet Month in May. The Mediterranean Diet is pattern of eating that mimics the traditional customs of people found in countries along the azure Mediterranean sea.
But where's the protein? That's what I often hear when I suggest a #MeatlessMonday or any day meat-free dinner. This Chickpea Shakshuka is chock-full of protein and flavor. It's easy to prepare using one pan, with ingredients you can customize to your liking. Best of all, it's economical. Beans give you the most nutrients per dollar, and these chickpeas replace the eggs usually found in this dish.
Shakshuka is a family dish with origins in North Africa. But it's now popular throughout the Middle East, and for good reason. You can feed an entire hungry family from one pot, and spread it over other filling ingredients, such as rice or any whole grain. Add fresh, crusty bread, steaming, hot pita, or a Jerusalem bagel (pictured) to mop up the dense sauce, spiced to your liking.
Compared to meat, beans give the gift of fiber without the saturated fat. Fiber heals and protects the digestive tract. A 1/2 cup of cooked beans has a similar amount of protein as 1 oz of meat or fish. You'...