I don’t know why (well, okay, I DO know why) but I decided to go on a diet. Specifically, I’m trying out what basically is Phase One of the South Beach diet. Essentially, this means for two weeks I am going to have no complex sugars, which from a practical standpoint means no alcohol or soft drinks, no fruit, no starches (including rice and quinoa), and certain veggies are out too (like corn and carrots); I also get to eat less dairy and less fattening dairy; last, but certainly not least, I am restricted to one caffeinated drink per day.
What’s left, you may ask? Well, I’m always up for a culinary challenge, and this certainly is a culinary challenge. This is a side dish I first had in Spain, and decided to recreate once I got back home. Naturally, I’m using it now as both a starch and a veggie-esque side, but it is very filling, very simple, and very cheap (all great things for a grad student!).
Garbanzo Bean and Spinach Mash (enough for two people)
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
- some spinach leaves, chopped finely
- some finely chopped onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash of olive oil
- Put the olive oil in a skillet and drop the onions in. Let them start to cook.
- Drop the garbanzo beans in next. When they are warm, add the spinach.
- When you’re happy with the flavoring and consistency, get a mallet (I suppose a potato masher would work just as well), and get your culinary-therapy freak on.
Sadly, my camera has been…misplaced. I’ll upl0ad a picture later. =)