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a tofu-chickpea situation

A Tofu-Chickpea Situation

Dena Gershkovich
One dish, two food groups
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 7 servings


  • High-heat oil, such as sunflower oil, avocado oil or vegetable oil, for sautéing
  • 1 block tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (1 cup)
  • One 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼ to ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach leaves


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large and wide saucepan.
  • Add the tofu to the saucepan. Cook for about 2 minutes, gently tossing every few seconds, until some of the edges are light yellow in color. You can cover the saucepan to accelerate this process. (Note: The tofu will cook more once you add the other ingredients, so make sure not to let it get too crispy now!)
  • Add the onion and garlic to the saucepan. Continue to sauté over medium-high heat, until the pieces of onion are translucent.
  • Add the red bell pepper and tomato. Continue sautéing over medium-high heat until the pepper is soft and the tomato is runny.
  • Add the chickpeas to the saucepan and stir. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir.
  • Add salt, pepper, fresh basil leaves and (optional, but highly recommended!) red pepper flakes. Stir. (Note: No, the red pepper flakes won’t overtake this dish – they just add a nice, subtle kick and complement the tomato and bell pepper flavors).
  • Cover the saucepan. Allow the dish to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach leaves. Allow the dish to simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
  • This dish makes between five and seven servings, depending on how hungry you are ;). Serve warm over spaghetti squash or your favorite grain. Some suggestions include brown rice, quinoa and farro.


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