Monday, August 10, 2009
Heidi's Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry
Everyone has a celebrity crush (Anna & I both swoon over Jamie Oliver) and I think it's safe to say that these Two Blue Lemons also sweat Heidi Swanson pretty hard. For those of you who are not familiar with Heidi, she is a cookbook author (Super Natural Cooking) and blogger (101 Cookbooks) based out of San Francisco. Her style, from photography to book design, is friendly and simple, and her food is colorful, healthy, and delicious. So when I'm faced with a specific craving, or in this case an abundance of a specific vegetable, I ask myself "What Would Heidi Do?"
The markets are overflowing with summer squash and greens these days - leaving many people to ask what should I do with all of this? Heidi's Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry is the perfect answer as you can use any summer vegetable that is overtaking your fridge in place of the squash and any green in place of the kale.
Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry
from Heidi Swanson
2 tablespoon ghee or extra-virgin olive oil
fine grain sea salt
1 small onion or a couple shallots, sliced
1 cup cooked chickpeas (canned is fine, if you don't want to cook up a pot of dried chickpeas)
8 ounces extra-firm tofu (I used baked savory tofu)
1 cup of chopped kale
2 small zucchini, chopped
zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon (I used the whole lemon)
Heat 1 tablespoon of the ghee/olive oil In a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in a big pinch of salt, the onion, and chickpeas. Saute until the chickpeas are deeply golden and crusty. Stir in the tofu and cook just until the tofu is heated through, just a minute or so. Stir in the kale and cook for one minute more. Remove everything from the skillet onto a large plate and set aside. In the same skillet heat the remaining tablespoon of ghee/olive oil, add the zucchini and saute until it starts to take on a bit of color, two or three minutes. Add the chickpea mixture back to the skillet, and remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice and zest, taste, and season with a bit more salt if needed. Turn out onto a platter and serve family style.