Chutney Chickpeas (and TEDDIE!)

I finally got the chance to play with my favorite little furry four-legged today!

…just a shame Vermont can’t plow roads this winter. I could have made it there much faster? Even in this picture you can see where someone started swerving!

With all the fashion blogs out there today, I thought I’d join in on the trend. Here I am modeling my gloriously fab boots, snow-pant breeches and Carhartt knock-off.

This is why I’m hot.

Naturally, being so bundled up didn’t make for optimum riding gear. So why not just hop on bareback (er…blanket-back…) and go for a snow ride?

That was Teddie’s thought as he took great joy in making me get an additional workout trying to climb atop him.

He may be short, but damn, when you’re wearing bulky clothing, you’re sinking up to your butt in snow, and you have an excited pony walking in circles around you because he wants to visit with everyone, it’s a lot easier to say “hop on” than it is to actually hop on.

When I finally got halfway on he was at least patient enough to stand still while I made like a seal as I flopped the rest of myself up and over.

We had fun. Maybe we’ll just become snow riders for the rest of the winter. Or pick up skijoring.

And in case you thought I was too hot to handle before, it got even better when I put my helmet on:

I realize I look like dorkus maximus, but look at Ted!

daaaaaaaamn! Oughta have put a warning sign on this blog.

See all that snow on his bridle? He took great pride in trudging along with his nose buried in the snow while I thought he was going to roll on me. Luckily, the only time I had to bail was when I accidentally steered him into a drift that was up to his belly. It was probably deeper than that, but his belly kept him from sinking further, luckily.

Sorry, Ted.

Oh,yeah…anyways. About that food thing.

Truth be told, when it came to dinner tonight, I almost just sauteed up some spinach, garlic and barbecue sauce with barbecue tempeh and called it a night. And if I didn’t have to work tomorrow, I totally would have.

Sauteeing spinach in olive oil with garlic and BBQ sauce is way better than it sounds, fyi.

But, I kind of like making enough dinner the night before working to be able to pack an easy lunch to bring the next day. Sauteed spinach wasn’t going to cut it.

Especially sauteed in garlic. I can still smell my breath from having it for lunch, and that was 5 snacks and a dinner ago.

I might as well just dedicate this post to Rachael Ray, what with using her bench scrape, knife and recipe.

They were Christmas presents! (…but I still love Rachael Ray.)

I’ve made this “Chutney Chicken One Pot” and posted about it before – well, raved about it before – but just linked to the recipe with all of my swaps written separately.

Well, usually I don’t break my “link-back” rule, but since this is one of my favorite meals (I’ve gotta go there) and I’ve made some substitutions over the couple times I’ve made it, I’m just going to go ahead and post how I make it.

Chutney Chickpea One-Pot

serves 2 as a side, adapted from Rachael Ray’s Chutney Chicken One-Pot

This dish is easily customizable to your likes and dislikes. Check out my notes after the recipe! Not only that, but once you’ve got everything chopped it comes together in a handful of minutes! And I know I just talked about a fear of long ingredients lists – and this one is…but it’s SO easy and you’ve probably got it all on hand.

  • 2 t. olive oil
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. diced celery
  • 1/4 c. diced green or red peppers
  • 1/4 c. diced dried apricots
  • 2-3 dried Turkish figs, chopped
  • 1 c. chickpeas
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1/8 t. curry powder
  • 1/2 t. allspice
  • 1/8 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. dijon or whole-grain mustard
  • 2 1/2 T. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 2-3 handfuls baby spinach

Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add in the apple, onion, celery and peppers. Saute until slightly soft. Add in the spices, dried fruit and chickpeas. Stir and then add in the broth, applesauce, vinegar and mustard. Reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer about five minutes, until sauce thickens slightly. Add in the spinach, stir and cover. Remove from heat, leaving covered until spinach wilts.

Serve with some crusty bread or a grain!

Last time, I made it with tofu instead of chickpeas, and mixed in cooked bulgur instead of serving it with bread. There were other differences, but I also didn’t add the spinach. I much prefer it with spinach! I also think I preferred it with bread instead of a grain.

I love dishes that mix a sweet element with savory, and this one hits the nail on the head. Change it to your tastebuds, though. I chose to use applesauce instead of jam because I figured jam would be pushing the envelope on too sweet. You can also easily use a bit less dried fruit, and use what dried fruit you have on hand. I love apricots and figs, but raisins are good, too!

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29 responses to “Chutney Chickpeas (and TEDDIE!)

  1. I love love the sound of that recipe! chickpeas, apple, applesauce..yeh.
    Great Teddie photos! I love that you steered him into a snow drift :p that’s so funny!! Espec that his belly kept him afloat :p I don’t know what it is with horses & snow tho- Chika is obsessed with it, she LOVES rolling in it (which is weird – it’s cold and wet!??) and pushing it about with her nose πŸ™‚
    But seriously omgosh, I need you to tell me the exact settings you have your camera on to get such glorious wonderful sharp horse photos!! They are so stunning πŸ™‚

  2. Little Bookworm

    Love all the Teddie photos! πŸ˜€ The Chickpea Hot-Pot sounds nice as well!

  3. Girl, Teddie is gorgeous!! I haven’t ridden a horse in ages, I was always semi-afraid, but I want to try it agian:) Awesome chickpea recipe too, girl!

  4. Holy Cow!!! This recipe looks soooooo soooo good!!! I can’t wait to try it out; I love the combo of salty/sweet together, and chutneys have always had a special place in my heart;) Thanks so much for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Teddie has such a beautiful coat!

    I love chickpea recipes, I’ll have to make this one! The recipe list intimidates me though…too. many. ingredients!!! Haha..

  6. Teddie is STUNNING!!! I love riding horseback — it is SO much fun. πŸ™‚

  7. Oh Jessica…he just gets prettier every time you post pictures of him! I am so glad you got out there with him. Dinner looks delicious! I love the comment about the garlic 5 snacks and a dinner ago…it sticks with you, but it is so good! Have a great night and stay warm!

  8. That last photo of Teddie is gorgeous! I’m really jealous that you get to go riding, even if it’s cold and snowy. It’s cold and snowy here, too, and *I* don’t have a pretty little pony to take out. Boo.

  9. This is why, this is why, this is why I’m hot…

    I have a Carhartt knock-off in my car that my dad INSISTS I have with me in case I get stuck on the side of the road. Given the recent weather, maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

  10. Stefanie

    It sounds like Teddie had some fun in the snow. That chickpea dish sounds good. πŸ™‚

  11. Aww you and your horsy look so cute together! You’re so creative when it comes to creating your own recipes!

    xxx

  12. Yay for Teddie!! I’m glad you’ve finally reunited with your buddy!

  13. Dinner looks tasty! I enjoy Rachael Ray recipes, she is so funny. I actually made “stoup” tonight!

  14. Glad you got to see Teddie! He is too cute. I love his big fluffy mane.

  15. theflourishingfoodie

    I love the pictures of Teddie. He’s so cute. That chutney chicken dish looks super tasty πŸ™‚

  16. When did he graduate from “Teddie” to “Ted”? πŸ˜‰ I’m freezing just looking at you, seriously… ahhh!!

    That recipe is so perfect because A) I have some dried apricots to use and B) I have an entire bag of celery, minus one stalk, that I need to finish. And I hate celery.

    ❀ ❀

  17. All your pictures of Teddie make me miss riding so much! He’s really too cute though. And that recipe sounds absolutely delicious.

  18. Horseback riding in the snow sounds like a lot of fun – especially with Teddie – he seems like a great horse! πŸ™‚

  19. Awwe such a cutie!! I’m sure he had fun playing in the snow with you. πŸ™‚ I’ve seen people ride bare(blanket) back before. Looks fun! Go you for braving that snow..I still would have been too much of a pansy to head to the stables.

  20. that looks absolutely delicious! What a beautiful horse!

  21. Yay, you finally got to get out to see Teddie! I bet he was so excited.

    I love meals that have a sweet element in them too – I’m always adding fruit to my salads. Dinner looks awesome! I especially love that it has dried fruit in it. I will take any excuse to eat more dried fruit! πŸ˜€

  22. Funny story: I never knew that RR was responsible for the EVOO thing until I watched her show. I’ve been saying EVOO for years now and no one ever told me how stupidly annoying I sounded!

  23. i love this chickpea recipe!!! sounds way good with chutney! Teddie is so cute!!! looks like some good fun!

  24. TEDDIE!! ❀
    Rock that mock-carhart, girl. Totally means more money saved for groceries, and we both know that means more $$ for bananas (basically one of the most important foods on the planet).

  25. Teddie is beautiful! What lovely photographs πŸ™‚

    And those chickpeas look soooo gooooooood!!!

  26. Boo to snow covered roads. I refuse to drive on them.

  27. I LOVE the sound of that recipe! Totally making that this week πŸ˜‰

  28. The chickpeas sound amazing! You know me and my fascination with chickpeas. This is being bookmarked. πŸ˜€

    The pictures of you and Teddie are adorable. I love Teddy’s thick, winter coat. πŸ˜€ It makes me miss riding so much.

  29. He is so HAIRY! aha… Gotta love that winter coat, eh?
    I’m so glad you got to spend time with your little man. Winter always tends to put a cramp in riding at some point, until you finally make it out and realize how much you love it again πŸ˜›

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