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Chickpeas and Green Bell Peppers with Tomatoes

Source: The Mexican Gourmet
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  15 Minutes
  Serves 6
Of Middle-Eastern origin, chickpeas, or garbanzos, were introduced into Mexico by the Spanish. The combination of chickpeas, peppers, and tomatoes is, however, distinctly Spanish in character, even though the latter two ingredients originated in Mexico (sweet bell peppers evolved from the original capsicum of Mexico). Chickpeas are sold dried or canned in Mexico. Either way, the skins should be removed by covering the cooked chickpeas with cold water and rubbing them to loosen the skins, which are hard to digest and ruin the texture of a dish. This vegetable melange can be eaten alone as an appetizer or teamed with Arroz Blanco as an accompaniment to meat or chicken.
2 green bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 can chickpeas, drained and skins removed
1 small bay leaf
1 small sprig fresh thyme or pinch dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chickpeas and Green Bell Peppers with Tomatoes Recipe at
Quarter the peppers, discard the stems and seeds, and remove the skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut the peppers into 1/4-inch strips.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then saute the garlic until soft but not brown. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper.

Cover and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

Add the chickpeas, peppers, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook for a further 5 minutes and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 151
Sodium: 309mg
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 22g
Protein: 5g
% Cal. from Fat: 36%
Fat. Total: 6g
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