Mediterranean Chick Pea Stew

Mediterranean Chick Pea Stew
By: Nadia G of Food Network Canada (


  • 1 head of garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt
  • 3 unit scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 unit sweet red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 unit red finger hot chili pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can whole, peeled, organic san marzano tomatoes, hand crushed (796mL)
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • 2 cups chick peas
  • unit Zest of half a lemon
  • handful of fresh parsley, minced
  • 5 large mint leaves, stacked, rolled up and sliced into ribbons (chiffonade)
  • unit toasted whole wheat pita, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  2. Slice the top off of the head of garlic; lay it on some aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil and black pepper. Seal aluminum foil over garlic and roast for 40 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add peppers and scallions into the pan, stir and coat with salt, paprika and cumin. Pour in the hand-crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Peel 4 cloves of roasted garlic and crush with a fork. Add garlic, chick peas, lemon zest, mint and parsley to the stew then stir until heated through.
  5. Ladle stew into big bowls and serve with toasted whole-wheat pita wedges.

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