16 September 2011

Sweet Potato, Spinach & Chickpea Bake



This scrumptious comfort bake is from The Frugal Cook by Fiona Beckett.

Way back in 2008 Fiona got in touch with me asking if I would like to review her new book The Frugal Cook. It sounded great and I was happy to oblige. It never did turn up and I forgot all about it.

Roll on three years and I am browsing through the shelves of my local library and I come across it. After a flick through I decided it was well worth a read. I still hadn't clicked at this point. It wasn't until I was doing an email search for the email conversation I had with Fiona that I discovered the email from 2008.

The Frugal Cook was relevant in 2008, but I would say it is a must-have book now we are moving to the end of 2011 and suffering from the current financial pickle. We all need to tighten our belts and think more carefully when shopping, including food shopping.

This isn't a vegetarian cookbook, but it does have enough recipes and ideas to be worth buying. Fiona gives us a thrifty tip with each recipe and advice on how to have a thrifty store cupboard and fridge along with ideas for leftovers as well as information on how to be energy efficient.

I loved this recipe as soon as I saw it and it has proved to be as good as it looks. I have made this several times now and we all love it. I have served it with rice, with couscous and with potato wedges and sour cream.

One night when my friend was coming to dinner I made it and spooned it over potato wedges, topped it with cheese sauce and grated cheddar and popped it back into the oven to brown. Mmmmmmmm, that was so good! Just perfect for a dull, dreich evening, served with salad and garlic bread. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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Sweet Potato, Spinach & Chickpea Bake
A comforting bake made with roasted vegetables, spinach, chickpeas, tomatoes and spices. A real crowd-pleaser.
Ingredients
  • 3 medium onions
  • 6 tbsp light olive oil
  • 450g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 red peppers, quartered, de-seeded and cut into thick strips
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 - 3 tsp Morocan Spice Mix (recipe to follow)
  • 400g can whole or chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml (9fl oz) stock made up with 1 tsp Marigold Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • 300 - 400g cooked chickpeas or a 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • a good handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 small carton of sour cream
  • salt, pepper & sugar to taste
Instructions
1. Peel two of the onions and cut each into 8 wedges. 2. Pour 4 tbsp of the oil into a large roasting tin. Add the onions, cubed sweet potatoes and peppers and mix well with the oil.3. Turn the oven to 200c/400f/Gas 6, put the tin in the oven and roast the vegetables for about 35 minutes, turning them half way through.4. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the other onion.5. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and spice mix and stir well. Add the tinned tomatoes and their juice, breaking them up if necessary with a wooden spoon and cook for about 5 minutes.6. Stir in the stock then check the seasoning adding salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Stir in the chickpeas.7. When the vegetables in the oven have been cooking for 35 minutes, pour over the spice tomatoes and chickpeas and mix well.8. Turn the oven temperature down to 190c/375f/Gas 5 and cook for another 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are well cooked, turning them half way through.9. Just before the end of the cooking time wash the spinach, remove any tough stalks, slice the leaves finely and stir them into the bake. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.10. Serve with sour cream or a mild onion raita.
DetailsTotal time: Yield: Serves 4-6





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Moroccan Spice Mix
A tasty blend of spices to bring that Moroccan touch to your dishes.
Ingredients
  • 10g ground cumin
  • 10g dried coriander
  • 5g turmeric
  • 2g chilli powder or hot paprika
Instructions
Add all the ingredients to a tub or jar. Fix the lid on and shake to mix. It is as easy as that. Keep this mix in your store cupboard ready to be used.
Details
Total time: Yield: 1 small tub






Thanks to to Fiona for giving me permission to post the recipe and of course for coming up with such a scrummy dish.

Fiona blogs over at The Frugal Cook, The Cheeselover, Wine Naturally and Food & Wine Finds. She is one busy lady, as well as writing 4 blogs, she has also authored and co-authored 23 cookbooks and is currently wine columnist for The Guardian and Guardian Green, contributing editor to the wine magazine Decanter and wine writer for Fork magazine. Well the list goes on, but you get the idea.

Disclosure Statement: I did not receive this book free from the publisher to review. I borrowed this book from the library and decided to review it. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

35 comments:

  1. This sounds great, Jacqueline. I'm always on the lookout for frugal options. I wonder if there's a dairy-free sub for the sour cream? :)

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  2. To be honest Ricki, that is optional. More a serving suggestion. If there isn't a dairy-free substitute then you are definitely the lady to figure one out :)

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  3. looks lovely - will have to give it a try x

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  4. That looks really tasty, will have to give it a go!

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  5. It is so good Qwerty Mum and Hungry Hinny :)

    They are the best Nayna, less dishes, always a good thing :)

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  6. Looks just perfect for this awful weather and cold bleak days. Love all those colours in the first photo too.

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  7. It is vile outside today Chele, I had to put the heating on for a while today. Shocking for September.

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  8. What a scrumptious-sounding colourful bake. Love all the ingredients and think this would make an excellent autumnal lunch. Even better that it is frugal!

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  9. It looks great, lots of good stuff in there. Like your cheese sauce idea. Was miserable today and so dark.

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  10. I could eat it any time of the day, but I know what you mean Antonia :)

    It was completely over the top and fabulous with the cheese sauce Janice, a real treat. And yes, today was awful. I had to put the heating and lights on during the day.

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  11. Just shows that I am really unobservant lol! Never even noticed you'd changed things around. There seems to be more room - is it 3 columns now?

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  12. LOVELY looking recipes and I did notice the there was more width! Have you added Print Recipe as a feature too, or did you always have that? I am not sure now......
    I LOVE your photo too!
    Karen

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  13. Yes, I added another column. I might have been in the middle of changing things around when you dropped by Janice :)

    Thanks Karen, I use recipe wiz to type up my recipes and it gives me a print button. Nice and easy :)

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  14. great blend of garden goodies, and i love that spice mix! this would work for any season--bravo!

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  15. It is rather fab Grace and I am really proud of it, even though it wasn't my recipe :)

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  16. wow, that's my kind of food, love spices and chick peas, all the healthy ingredients in their should try out this moroccan spice mix you have posted I have one from a book I found. beautiful clicks

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  17. That's a killer combo right there. I love the colors they have when put together as well.

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  18. Thanks Jayasri, I am loving Fiona's recipes :)

    It does look really appealing doesn't it TB? I think that is half the battle, making something look so good you can't wait to eat it.

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  19. It does sound comforting Jacqueline with melty cheese and chickpeas in the equation.

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  20. Oh that does sound good Jac, especially topped off with cheese sauce - mmmm. I'm just about to bookmark this. Did you ever find out why you didn't get that copy to review?

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  21. Never the most observant of people, I've just realised you've changed the look of your blog and very nice it looks too.

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  22. Comfort food at it's best Val :)

    I don't know what happened Choclette, must have got lost in the post. Thanks, I am glad you like the new look. I went a bit crazy last night. I have been meaning to take the plunge for a while :)

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  23. Yeah!! you have used tinned tomatoes, I`ve been waiting ages for you to. They are my fav (good job being a vegge). I will definately give this a try, spice and sour cream mmmmm. It looks lovely as always as does the new look xx

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  24. I know Lisa, I rarely live up to my blog name. In fact I wish I had chosen another, but I fear it is too late to change it now. Glad you like the new look :)

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  25. Fun story about rediscovering the cookbook years later, Jacqueline! I'm not familiar with Fiona, but this sure looks good. I love the flavors in the spice mix and healthy AND frugal is the way to go. Sweet potatoes are a favorite in my family.

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  26. There are some great recipes in the cookbook Barbara, but this one instantly got my attention. After the first mouthful I had a big smile on my face :)

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  27. mmm, that does look hearty. My roasting dish is in constant use at the moment dealing with all the cherry tomatoes from the plot so this would be a great way of using some up (and the kale too which would be a fine alternative for the spinach). I think I have all the ingredients in ... and I love your variation over spuds.

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  28. A great way to use them up Nic, I think you could vary this dish in so many ways :)

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  29. This is so my kind of dinner especially coming into autumn this recipe has been printed ready to be made!

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  30. You are going to love it Miss Cake Baker, it is lip slurpingly good :)

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  31. exactly my sort of dinner - I don't know why but I keep thinking halloumi would be great with this - even thought I saw it in the recipe

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  32. Halloumi would be fabulous with this bake Johanna. I must try that!

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  33. This looks amazing and so tasty.

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  34. Oh I love the sound of this, especially with that gorgeous spice mix!

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