Baked Ceci & Tomatoes & a Blog Lunch

I lied. I said I wouldn't be posting again until Friday, but I had to get this one in before the bell.
I wanted something light last night before the feasting begins, so made some nice pan seared fish w/ lemon and capers and a healthy Super Side. The story below.

I had the great fortune of meeting a bunch of local NYC bloggers last week for lunch at LUPA ristorante. Mario Batali's always fun osteria. Traffic was hideous, but I should know better than to drive into Manhattan during the day. I am a glutton for punishment!

(photo taken by Rachel)

The guest of honor was Peter from Kalofagas Greek blog. He was visiting from Canada, and we had the pleasure of lunching with Giff from Constables' Larder, Stephane from Chefs Gone Wild, Rachel from Bacon and Rhubarb and the lovely Claire from Colloquial Cookin'. A great group of people with much to say about food, wine, NY restaurants and travel. It was lovely to meet all of them.

A few weeks back, Peter posted this unusual, but simple recipe for baked chickpeas.

It was a great weeknight side dish to pan seared fish. Healthy and low fat too!
I am always looking for recipes that meet those 2 requirements.
I will definitely be adding this to my recipe file.

Baked Ceci (chickpeas) w/ Tomatoes: adapted from Peter's recipe

1 can of ceci (garbanzo beans or chickpeas, same thing), drained
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup water
handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 small onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together and place in a baking dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 for about 40 minutes.


Maria said…
I am so glad you decided to post this recipe. It looks so tasty! I have everything at home too!! And I am always looking for healthy recipes! Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!
Peter M said…
Stace...the dish looks fab and delighted you enjoyed it. It's a simple, rustic dish but the combo of bay leaf, onions and tomato seem to give a lot of flavour here.

Tonight, watch for a Molyvos recipe!
Pam said…
What a fun blogging lunch! It's great to meet other people that have a love for food and cooking.

This dish looks really simple, rustic and delicious.
Anonymous said…
I love, love, love garbanzo's, have to make this one!
Lori Lynn said…
Oh, i just read that Peter was meeting bloggers in NYC. How fun for both of you! I'm sure he'll tell us all about it too. The dish looks great.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Stace!
Lori Lynn
Patsyk said…
Sounds like a wonderful lunch out with fellow food lovers!

I've started to crave lighter dishes in anticipation of all of the heavy foods tomorrow and during the upcoming month!
Anonymous said…
Well, Peter and Stacey, I have to say I am pretty convinced by this chickpea/tomato combo, it's going to feature on the menu quite soon!!
Thanks for drawing my attention to it Stacey!
jesse said…
YUM! Chickpeas are amongst my topmost favourite things to eat, and this recipe sounds AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting it! Happy Thanksgiving dear!
Love the dish...and you guys look liked you had a great time!

Anonymous said…
I'm still dreaming about that Lupa Tartufo, you know.. Yum!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Me = dead tired!
Anonymous said…
I think it's really cool you got to meet up with some blog foodies. I'm sure the conversations were fun and full of flavor.
kat said…
Ok, I'm jealous of where you ate & who you got to eat with, lol. I have that same recipe from Peter bookmarked
Nic said…
That looks like fun, it's great to meet other food bloggers!
Astra Libris said…
Such a beautiful, healthful recipe! I'm so glad Peter's blog brought me to your lovely blog! :-)
That must have been so fun that lunch. Great looking recipe.
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