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Bittman’s Vegan Spinach and Chickpeas — Prepared Plastic-free
Posted By Beth Terry On February 21, 2012 @ 2:13 pm In Recipes | 12 Comments
This post is Part 2 of 10: Preparing Mark Bittman’s ten Recipes for the Semi-Vegan  without plastic. Back in January, I posted the first delicious dish: Saffron-and-Mushroom Barley Risotto , which was out of this world yummy and creamy. Next up:
If risotto takes a long time to prepare, chickpeas take even longer. The difference is that with chickpeas, most of the work happens while you’re asleep. Soak dried chickpeas in a bowl of water overnight. As Katie from Kitchen Stewardship recommends in The Everything Beans Book , the longer you soak beans, the more easily digestible they are.
Once they are soaked, empty the water, and cook them on the stove for an hour or so until they are tender.
I like to make big batches of chickpeas and store them in mason jars in the freezer because they are so handy to have available and can be added to so many dishes. Those of you who are new to this blog may be wondering why I don’t just use canned beans and skip the extra work. I don’t buy any foods in cans anymore because almost all cans are lined with plastic which contains BPA. And the few brands that have moved away from BPA (Eden Organic beans, for example), have replaced the liner with some other resin that, to my mind, has not been tested long enough for me to be sure that it’s a safe alternative.
Putting it all together
For copyright reasons, you’ll have to read Mark Bittman’s recipe  for the exact cooking instructions. I’ll just say that once you have all the ingredients together, cooking them up in a stainless steel skillet is easy and fast. Here’s the end result, which was delicious.
The next Bittman recipe I’m going to make–Sweet Potato Stew –is more difficult because of one ingredient in particular. Can you guess which one?
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URLs in this post:
 Recipes for the Semi-Vegan: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/01/magazine/eat-vegan-recipes.html
 Saffron-and-Mushroom Barley Risotto: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/01/bittmans-recipes-for-the-semi-vegan-plastic-free-style/
 The Everything Beans Book: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/04/how-to-cook-dried-beans-a-staple-of-plastic-free-living/
 ChicoBag Produce Stand bag: http://www.chicobag.com/category/produce-stand
 Mark Bittman’s recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/01/magazine/eat-vegan-recipes.html#Spinach_and_Chickpeas
 Sweet Potato Stew: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/01/magazine/eat-vegan-recipes.html#Sweet-Potato_Stew
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