Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

This is a perfect meal for a cold, winter day. I had this tasty recipe at a friend’s house several months ago, and have made it several times for myself since then. I believe it originally came from Real Simple. I like that it has many ingredients that I never would have thought to put together. In fact, I hadn’t tried chickpeas before this recipe and this stew renewed my love of raisins!

Start by cooking onion in oil until soft. I also added a little minced garlic, it just seems automatic to start a recipe with onion and garlic.


Add cumin, ginger, salt, and pepper and cook. Stir until fragrant, plus one more minute.


Add tomatoes, chickpeas, cauliflower, raisins, and a half cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Stir occasionally until veggies are tender and liquid is slightly thickened.


Fold in spinach and cook for another minute or two. I actually use both frozen cauliflower and spinach in this recipe. And since the other main ingredients are canned, I can always have everything I need on hand for when I need a quick or last minute dinner.


The stew can be served over rice or is also great on its own. It’s perfect for the holidays because it looks kinda Christmassy!


Here’s the recipe:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ginger
1-28 oz. can tomatoes
1-15 oz. can chickpeas
1 head cauliflower, cup up
1/2 cup raisins
1-5 oz. package of spinach
rice to serve over
almonds to sprinkle on top (optional)


Nuggets: Birthdays

Family birthday dinners are a forever long tradition in our family. This weekend we had a three-in-one birthday dinner to celebrate Nicole (last month), Andrew (on his birthday), and Jesse’s (next week) birthdays. Mom made black bean soup and a salad, and I brought my no-noodles lasagna (Jesse’s new favorite). We had a great time hanging out together.

:: Balloon wars. One should never underestimate the amount of fun to be had in hitting each other with balloons. Mom and Dad had filled Andrew’s room with balloons on his birthday eve and we spent a lot of evening attacking each other with them. You’d think it would get old, but just when you though it was over… someone would start another battle. I have to say that arm is actually sore from smacking so many balloons.


:: Cake. Mom made a cake filled with 21s for Nicole and Andrew, and 33s for Jesse. The colorful balloons on top of the cake are as old as I am. I’m pretty sure they’ve been on just about everyone’s birthday cake every year!


:: I was pretty excited to give Andrew his Math geek gift. In our house, you know it’s a good gift when it causes Dad and Andrew to spontaneously burst into problem solving. Perfect gift… weird men!


:: Andrew got several nice gifts. One of the things Nicole got him was personalized guitar picks. They had their picture and a birthday message printed on them. She’s so smart!


:: We sang happy birthday to all of them and they blew out their candles. Nicole also made a peanut butter and jelly pie (at Jesse’s request) and a key lime pie.

Birthday people

Happy birthday to all, and to all a good night.

The 21st Year of Andrew


Happy birthday Andrew! I was looking back at some of your pictures of this year and… you’ve had a pretty awesome year. I can’t wait to see what you will do and all that you will accomplish in the year to come. I hope you have a great birthday!

Andrew and MilanAndrew playing guitarFam at the lakeAndrew and Nicole