Shrimp, Chickpeas & Spinach with Ginger & Cumin

 

Day two back from vacation, so I am still cooking dishes that are on the very low calorie, high protein and fiber.    This dish has the essence of a long-cooked soup or stew, but takes only a fraction of the time to make. Onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, cilantro, and a pinch of cayenne punch up the flavor.  You could eliminate the cayenne if you do not like heat although this one is not overly heated to the taste.   Very Flavorful and only 270 calories in a fourth of this dish!

Ingredients:

  •  3/4 lb. large shrimp (31 to 40 count), peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large lemon, cut into 5 wedges
  • 1 small onion (about 4 oz.), chopped
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 14- to 16-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 10 oz. mature spinach, well washed, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

In a small bowl, toss the shrimp with 1/2 tsp. salt. Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the shrimp and cook until one side is pink, about 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp over and continue to cook until pink all over, still a bit translucent in the center, 1 to 2 minutes. Take the skillet off the heat and transfer the shrimp to a plate. Squeeze one of the lemon wedges over the shrimp.

Put the skillet over medium heat. Pour the remaining 1 Tbs. oil into the skillet, then add the onion. Sprinkle with a big pinch of salt and cook until the edges of the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the cumin and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add 1-1/2 cups water, the chickpeas, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Simmer over medium-high heat for 5 minutes to develop the flavors.

Using a potato masher, mash about half of the chickpeas right in the pan. Add the spinach and cilantro. Using tongs, carefully toss the greens to help them cook evenly and wilt, about 2 minutes.

Add the reserved shrimp and any juices that have accumulated on the plate. Cook for another 1 or 2 minutes to reheat the shrimp and cook them fully (be careful not to overcook them). Season with salt to taste. Portion into warm bowls and serve with the remaining lemon wedges on the side.

 

Nutrition:

Size : based on four servings, Calories (kcal): 270, Fat (kcal): 9, Fat Calories (g): 80, Saturated Fat (g): 1.5, Protein (g): 21, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5, Carbohydrates (mg): 28, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 820, Cholesterol (g): 125, Fiber (g): 6,

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