Yay or Nay: Chickpea, Feta & Spinach Marinara

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm considering starting a new segment on this blog (I know. Something else I'll inevitably not commit to.). But I've been trying so many recipes and DIY projects from Pinterest and I'll basically buy any kind of beauty product a glossy magazine tells me to, so why not write mini reviews of these endeavors?

I'm leaning towards calling the segment "Yay or Nay?", but that title is a little too generic for my blood, so the title might evolve over time (though I'm lazy, so most likely not).

This week, for Meatless Monday, I made Clayton and I Parmesan Zucchini Boats (clean and half 2 zucchinis, coat with olive oil, top with seasonings and cheese, bake/broil for 20 minutes). I thought they were delicious, but Clayton doesn't like zucchini (I thought for sure that coating it in cheese would help, especially since he likes all other squash), so I decided to try another meatless dish later in the week.

http://www.thesmartcookiecook.com/2012/06/26/chickpea-feta-spinach-marinara-w-penne/

I found Colleen of The Smart Cookie Cook's recipe for Chickpea, Feta & Spinach Marinara and was instantly sold on her claim:

"I whipped up this delicious dinner with ingredients I already had on hand, and it was awesome. It came together quickly with next to no effort, but it was so hearty and packed with flavor that you would’ve thought I spent all night in the kitchen"

Yup, that's right up my alley on a week night.

The dish has minimal ingredients and the instructions were easy (and obvious if you know how marinara sauces work) to follow. This is the kind of meal anyone can whip up in a jiff and I mean anyone. Colleen nailed the "quick dinner" thing.

I like a little wine all the time, so I added a 1/4 cup of dry red wine to my sauce. I also opted to mix in an Italian blend of shredded cheese along with the feta in the final step. The entire meal took a half an hour and had we had a box of breadsticks on hand, it would have been perfect.


So what was the verdict from my meat-and-potatoes-lovin' hubby?

He LOVED it. I'm not even sure he realized it didn't contain any meat. I enjoyed it as well, but I did occasionally have to pull a spinach leaf stem out of my teeth. (Note to self: Chop fresh spinach first.)

Overall? I give this recipe a resounding YAY! (Yay for taste and double-yay for being super healthy!)


Full recipe for this dish can be found here.

Have an excellent weekend!

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