Zucchini with Chick Peas

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Zucchini with Chick Peas: What I've Learned So Far

While this recipe for Zucchini with Chick Peas treats the zucchini like a vegetable - it's actually a fruit (like all squash)! Just like tomatoes and avocados. The seeds give it away. Fruit have inner seeds, while vegetables are other parts of the plant, like roots, leaves and stems. It's an easy-to-grow summer fruit, so if you've ever wanted to try gardening and growing some of your food, zucchini is a great option. Just be prepared - they can get quite large and you'll be taking a ton of lovely fresh zucchini to your friends and family!
Ingredients for zucchini with chick peas from recipe by Vegetarian Atlas.
While this recipe makes a great side dish don't stop there! I've found that you can often "mix and match" dishes to create something new. This recipe could be used to top pasta or bread. You could make a casserole by mixing in some fake chicken, topping with mozzarella and baking. As with all recipes, once you've made it the first time you can have fun changing it up a bit. Try a mix of zucchini and yellow squash, or use squash noodles for a different look and texture.

The Ingredients and Recipe

You'll Need:

• 2 tsp olive oil

• 2 small zucchini

• 1 14.75 oz. can diced tomatoes

• 1 14.75 oz. can chick peas

• 1/2 C chopped onion

• 1/2 tsp dried thyme

• 1/2 tsp dried basil

• Garlic salt and pepper to taste

Do This:

1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.

2. Add zucchini, onion, basil and thyme.

3. Cook, covered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.

4. Stir in tomatoes, chick peas, garlic salt and pepper.

5. Cover and simmer 2-3 minutes or until zucchini is tender.

Zucchini with Chick Peas Notes

• You can try using diced tomatoes with Italian spices, or stewed tomatoes for this recipe as well.

• Don't scrub zucchini too hard. They have soft skins and you don't want to scrub them off.

• Because zucchini is a soft vegetable, using a mandolin or other slicer works really well.

• Chick peas are also called garbanzo beans, or sometimes cece in the Italian section of the store.

• This dish is also tasty topped with parmesan cheese.

Zucchini with chick peas recipe by Vegetarian Atlas.

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