A Quick and Easy Meal + The Dirty Dozen

I have a love-hate relationship with cooking. When I'm in the mood, when I don't have to be rushed, it's something I love doing. I like cooking more than baking. My husband is the baker in the family and is pretty good at it, pies in particular! So it works out pretty well for us. However now and then I need to get a meal on the table in a hurry, am too tired to spend hours in the kitchen, or don't feel like a trip to the store for special ingredients; then it's nice to have some quick go-to recipes on hand that use items I usually stock in my pantry.

I had a bag of baby spinach in the fridge last night so I did a web search for a vegetarian entree that featured spinach. I came upon this recipe for Chickpeas with Baby Spinach in the New York Times recipes for health section. I'm sure it's something I'll be making many times in the future. Not only is it a quick pantry meal but it tastes delicious and is a healthful dish as well. It's also vegan. I served it in a bowl over a piece of toasted Italian bread, with some fruit and a glass of red wine on the side. Very yummy! 

To make it even better I recommend using organic ingredients. Eating organic can be expensive as we all know. If it's not in your budget to be totally organic then you might be interested in this list of THE DIRTY DOZEN fruits and vegetables that have been shown to be the highest in pesticide concentration. If you buy nothing else organic then try to at least go organic with these. You can download a guide to keep in your wallet for reference when you're out food shopping. You'll also find there a list of fifteen produce items that are considered the cleanest, in regards to pesticides, that you might feel safer buying non-organic.

Have a favorite quick and easy recipe you'd like to share? I'd love to hear from you. Comments are always welcome. 

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