Look, I know I just did a couscous recipe but like I said in my previous post, I’m poor and a bit fat so give me an effing break… Also, I appear to only have a giant bag of couscous in my cupboard so should probably try and make some sort of dent in it. Anyway, if I find myself becoming too bored of couscous I can always try and feed some to my new housemate, a small disgusting mouse I’ve decided to call Vince. He moved in last week while Max the dog was on holiday, not cool. So not only do I have my poverty and fatness to contend with but now I have to try and evict Vince if I’m ever to coax my terrified boyfriend out of the bedroom.
Anyway enough about Vince, lets talk couscous, again… Sigh. I went to Barcelona on my 20th birthday with my first boyfriend who ended up stealing all my stuff (but that’s another story). Anyhow, there wasn’t much I could eat but one restaurant made me a sautéed chickpea and spinach dish which I remember thinking looked rubbish but it was actually really delicious. It’s a little weedy by itself though so I’ve put it with some couscous and feta. If you’re feeling frisky you can try topping it with a poached egg… I hope you don’t mind if I don’t though, the realisation that I went to Barcelona over 10 years ago just made me feel sick… Vom
Poor Man’s Spinach & Chickpea Couscous
Serves 2/ Takes 20 minutes / V
Make it vegan: Leave out the feta
150ml Vegetable stock (use half a stock cube)
Half a chopped white onion
2 Crushed garlic cloves
1 De-seeded Jalapeno pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 Can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
200g Fresh spinach
2 Spring onions, chopped
100g feta, crumbled
Salt & pepper
1. Pop your couscous in a big bowl and cover with the stock. Give it a brief stir with a fork, cover with cling film and put to one side.
2. Spray a pan with oil and add the onion, garlic and the chilli on a medium heat. Add water as and when you need to, to prevent the vegetables from burning and allowing them to steam. Add the drained chickpeas, the turmeric and cook for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Start adding the spinach a handful at a time, allow it to wilt before adding another handful. (Keep adding a couple of tbs of water to the mix as you go, again to prevent burning and to help the spinach steam).
4. Once you’ve wilted all the spinach, season with salt and pepper and put to one side to cool slightly.
5. Remove the cling film and start raking the couscous with a fork to make it nice and loose. Add your warm chickpea mixture to the couscous and give it a good stir. Finely chop the spring onions and incorporate them into the couscous.
6. Finally, top with feta cheese and serve.