February 28, 2012

Spicy Chickpea & Lentil Stew, Bridge Running

Earlier this month, I promised you guys more recipes on the blog. One major difference of the upcoming recipes is that they will be vegetarian! I’m excited to show you all that there are tons of vegetarian recipes that are both healthy and delicious. So, to the last person who asked me “What about protein?” – this ones for you.

Spicy Chickpea & Lentil Stew


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 (28 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups (1 can) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry green lentils
  • 1 (6 oz.) container of plain, fat free Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage!)


Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions. Add peppers, garlic, garam masala and cook until peppers begin to soften. Add everything except the yogurt, reduce heat to low, and cook for 45 minutes, or until chickpeas have softened. Add yogurt about 15 minutes and mix well before serving.

DSC_0005 (1024x683)This stew is incredibly easy to make and packs in a ton of flavor…and protein! God bless a chickpea! The addition of the Greek yogurt gives this stew a creamier flavor but is still low in fact.DSC_0010 (1024x682)

Before making the above recipe, I went for a bridge run for the first time in over a month. I missed this beautiful structure! I set out around 6 p.m. as the sun was setting.IMAG1838

I walked 1/2 of the incline to make sure my knee was okay, then ran the rest of the way over and down. IMAG1837

On my way back, it was so much darker!IMAG1840

Eeeerie! I started to wonder how safe it is to run the bridge alone in the dark. Can I shove mace in my sports bra? I could see that going terribly wrong for me…

Where is YOUR favorite place to run?

If you’re a vegetarian, what is the most common question you get asked?

If you have any questions for me, let me know!

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  • Mmm…I love garam masala. 🙂 But wait, did I miss something? Have you become a vegetarian?! *Gasp!* What about Chick-fil-A?! xoxo

  • itzyskitchen

    I will say- it is tougher to get enough protein as a vegetarian. Beans have protein in them, but not nearly the protein of meat. I always found myself having to count grams to make sure I was getting enough (when I was eating veg)- otherwise I’d start to feel very blah. The stew looks super yummy! Nice and thick. Heart the bridge. Glad you’re feeling better!

  • My favorite is running the neighborhoods near me on a Saturday/Sunday morning. Because I live next to all the streets of bars in the Wrigleyville area, it’s SO quiet and almost has that abandoned feeling- except for maybe a few kids here and there doing the walk of shame…

    •  i LOVE seeing people do walks of shame. so fun.

  • beth.cleary

    I would NOT run on that Bridge as darkness approached..heading back towards E.Bay at night..sketch..Mt.P a little better, but better safe than sorry!!  The stew looks delish, but I think I would add 1 more can of broth, that’s just me..

    • i definitely thought about adding more broth, but i didn’t have any. next time!

  • I love running in cities when traveling since it givse you such a good lay of the land. Charleston bridge isn’t too shabby either. Lately I have been running on UNC campus, but my favorite is along the ocean

  • Lentils + garbanzo beans are a great protein combo!  I am sure you would be fine on the bridge at night just as long as you don’t hang out around the dtwn base of the bridge.  If you ever get into trouble, there are always a zillion cars whizzing by!

  • Folly Beach on an early morning is one of my favorites.  From the pier to the Washout and back is a great run.. As far as vegetarian protein, you should try Think Thin Peanut Butter Bars.  The exchange is good, they taste great, and are very convenient if you are crunched for time or traveling for work.

    • Nicki

      I LOVE those bars…the pb ones rock. 

  • Driving over that bridge unnerves me a bit, I can’t imagine being out of the car and running across it!

    I HATE when people ask me “How do you live without bacon?” Well, I live without bacon like THIS. And running my hands down my sides to emphasize that I’m not gigantic is a bonus bitchy move for people who ask it in a real jerk way! 

  • I love lentils – so this looks great! And the most common question I’m asked is – where do you get your protein? Or, so do you still eat seafood? 

  • kerry dyer

    aw that looks a lovely place to run! i dont normally ‘do’ running but i’m training for my first 10k!!

  • Erica

    am i pathetic for first being like “OMG that looks like the one tree hill bridge!!” but then remembered you’re in Charleston and not Wilmington! ha! DOY. Be safe running in the dark! all the nutters come out at night!

    I assume you already know of this site but http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ i use a bunch!!! i can plan/map my route and see how far it is!! i like to run by the beach and also through neighborhoods with mansions so I can hate my own life (no but really i like running through fancy neighborhoods haha im a stalker)


    •  haha you’re hilarious. i didn’t know about the site, but will check it out. i love running through fancy hoods too! 🙂

  • Danielle Hansen

    I started eating like a vegetarian after a couple years in junior high and high school of picking all the meat out of my meals because I didn’t like it. When I moved out I finally realized- I don’t HAVE to eat meat if I don’t want to! For me it’s more of a food aversion than anything. But it’s been fun trying out a ton of recipes and seeing what I can come up with! I’m excited to see what you put on here!

  • Love this recipe!

    My favourite place to run is along the path by the beach. It’s so pretty and as a bonus I can always just jump in the lake when I get too hot! 😀

  • That stew looks bangin! I’m not a vegetarian but I try to eat as little meat as possible so chickpeas, eggs and yogurt are the main protein sources in my diet. I also LOVE the bridges in Charleston and can’t wait to do the Cooper River Bridge Run in March! Are you running it?

  • This looks so good! I made a soup the other day and used lentils for the first time, love the addition of chickpeas!

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