Chickpea and Kielbasa Bake
This week’s theme is strategies for getting dinner on the table, including this recipe for cumin scented chickpeas with chicken sausage.
I’m not great at dashing madly around the kitchen for half an hour.
Well, I can do it if G’s at work, J’s napping and NPR’s talking on my headphones. I cannot do it when G’s just gotten home, J’s rangy and Barney’s taunting that he loves me. Need I say arsenic hour?
I like recipes with minimal prep that go in the oven and mind their own business ’til I’m good and ready for ’em. Even better if I can do the prep earlier in the day before all crankiness breaks loose.
With the tiny bit of prep done, dinner cooks while I ask G about his day (and listen to his answer!), read J a story and swap Barney for some Jack (my two faves: Upside Down and Better Together).
I make this dish when the fridge is bare but there’s no time for the grocery store. If I can summon the inner strength to resist dialing 1-800-PIZZZZA, I raid the pantry, scavenge in the back of the fridge and freezer, season, stir, heat and serve.
Don’t stress over the exact ingredients. See the bottom of the recipe for possible substitutions.
The side dish comes together really quickly. You’ll find the sweet pops of raisin amid garlicky couscous add brightness to the hearty chickpeas and sausage.
Oh, and if you like dishes that come together quickly and require very few ingredients, be sure to also check out my recipe for Summer Vegetable and Sausage Pasta Dinner
Are you hungry? Let’s make this recipe for Cumin Scented Chickpeas with Chicken Sausage
Chickpea and Kielbasa Bake
Black beans and cumin scented chickpeas are cooked up with organic chicken sausages for a delicious, easy, and quick weeknight meal.
- 2 (15 oz.) cans low-sodium chick peas, drained
- 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
- 12 oz kielbasa, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 red bell, chopped
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or chibes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- In a 9x13" baking dish combine chickpeas, tomatoes, kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, black pepper and cumin.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid or with foil and bake until heated through, 30 minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro or chives (if using) before serving.
This recipe can be made earlier in the day: Cover and refrigerate until an hour before dinner time. Let the pan come to room temperature a bit on the counter while the oven preheats and then bake as directed above.
1 cup chopped jarred roasted peppers for the bell peppers (or for 1 of the bell peppers);
1 to 2 cups frozen peas and/or corn (defrosted) for all or some of the bell peppers;
omit the onion and add chopped green onion before serving;
any 3-15oz cans of plain beans (i.e., not baked beans) can be used instead of the 2 cans of chickpeas and 1 of black beans;
3/4 cup raisins or 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots instead of the black beans (with this variation I also add 2 cloves minced garlic and a pinch or two of red chili flakes);
1 cup salsa instead of the canned tomatoes;
8 to 12 oz. ham, cooked bacon or any smoked fully cooked sausage instead of the organic chicken sausage;
12 oz. fully cooked boneless chicken (leftovers work) for the sausage, but consider adding a bit of salt (1/4-1/2 tsp) to the casserole before baking since you won’t have as much seasoning without the smoked/cured meat;
12 oz. fully cooked ground poultry or ground beef (see info about salt in the point directly above this one). I especially like to use meat leftover from taco night. Then substitute 1 cup salsa for the tomatoes and throw in 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese as well. Top servings with sour cream if desired;
1 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp basil instead of the cumin and coriander. If doing so, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella is a nice addition;
2 tsp chili powder as well as, or instead of, the cumin and coriander;
1 tsp curry powder as well as, or instead of, the cumin and coriander.
Garlic Couscous Peppered with Golden Raisins: Fill a kettle with water and put it on to boil. Into a small saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid measure 1 cup couscous, 1 cup golden raisins, 3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp fine kosher salt (or table salt), 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir and cover pan with lid. Wait 5 minutes. Remove lid, fluff couscous gently with a fork and serve.