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August 4, 2015

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The chickpea, like many legumes, is a good source of fiber, protein, and folate.


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This dish is kid-tested and teacher-approved. We’ve served this dish in the school lunch line, and it’s a favorite among students and faculty. Be sure to share it with your local food service professional!

Makes 10 1-cup servings


1 pound whole-grain spaghetti
3/4 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped green peppers
3/4 cup chopped red tomatoes
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons ground cumin 
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
3.5 15-ounce cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
15-ounce can of tomato sauce 
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt


Cook pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain and reserve.

Heat water in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, green pepper, and tomato and sauté until tender, adding more water as needed.  Add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, paprika, and chili powder and toss to coat. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Add drained chickpeas and toss to coat.

Add tomato sauce, soy sauce, and salt and mix to combine. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes until heated through. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer. Combine cooked pasta and chickpea tomato sauce and serve.

Per 1-cup serving: Calories 307 kcal; Total Fat 3.44 g; Saturated Fat 0.48 g;  Trans Fat 0.00 g; Cholesterol 0.00 mg; Sodium 385.40 mg; Carbohydrate 60.87 g; Dietary Fiber 10.18 g; Sugars 2.80 g; Protein 12.44 g; Vitamin A 590.88 IU; Vitamin C 17.95 mg; Calcium 73.46 mg; Iron 3.81 mg

Source: DC Central Kitchen

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs. 

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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