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Chickpea Pilaf

While I list this as a “side-dish”, we had it for our main, served with beets. Please forgive me for such an awful photo. Some times short days and hungry children lead to little time to snap a shot – and inside no less.

It has been an exhausting week, easy dinners are appreciated! Between a sick husband on the weekend, and now all 3 kids sick, Momma needs a break.


Chickpea Pilaf


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1¼ cup basmati rice
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Parsley, finely chopped


Heat a heavy large saucepan over medium. Add in oil, onion, and cumin saute until tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in broth and rice, bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. Take off the heat, fluff up rice, and stir in the chickpeas. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

Taste for salt, season if needed. Add a bit of parsley and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish or 3 to 4 as a main.

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