Chickpeas and leeks

TGIF bloggie friends! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends so far – I’ll live vicariously through you as I’m doing laundry and planning on a 10pm bedtime. Why so lame? I have a 4:45am wake-up call tomorrow morning because the Brooklyn 1/2 marathon starts at 7am. Yikes. I’m still not sure what my plan is for the race – the legs have been feeling junky all week, so I might run it easy rather than race it. It’ll be a game time decision. I ran about 7 1/2 miles around Central Park and the reservoir Thursday morning (glorious sunshine!) and 3 1/2 miles this morning. Today’s run was pre-coffee. Note to self: Don’t do that.

I shouldn’t be too surprised that I’m feeling less than stellar – this week has involved lots of late nights and not enough sleep. However, I’ve also been having lots FUN, so I can’t complain too much.

On Tuesday, I met my fellowย foodie friend Brian at Sophie’s Cuban Restaurant. My cuban sandwich wasn’t quite as good as the one I ate at Gus & Gabriel’s last August, but I still enjoyed it. Cuban bread, melty swiss cheese, salty pickles, pork, ham – you really can’t go wrong.

Cuban Sandwich

On Wednesday evening, I met some lovely blogger ladies for cocktails at a Korean tapas restaurant called Chom, Chom. There was a bit of a snafu regarding our drink order (our waiter tried passing off martinis as sangria, seriously, dude…), but my Korean sangria ended up being pretty good. The company, however, was definitely the night’s main attraction. Hey, Hey – Leslie, Sofia, and Katie! I followed up my sangria with a large cup of Tasti D-lite. Dinner of champions, I tell you.

sangria

Thursday involved another round of froyo (don’t judge) – this time from Bloomingdale’s 40 Carrots Cafe. Jacqui, Shelby, and I had planned this weeks in advance – Thursday is the only day to get the peanut butter flavor! I don’t know how they do it, but this froyo is some of the BEST I’ve ever eaten. The plain flavor reminds me a lot of 2% fage – smooth, creamy, and delicious. If you live near a Bloomingdale’s – go.get.some.froyo.now. Best part? For less $$, you get double the portion that Pinkberry offers. WIN.

40carrots

Lest you think all I do is booze and eat froyo, I did actually cook something this week (nevermind that it was at 11:30pm on Wednesday night…). Inspired by the 101 Cookbook’s Pan-fried chickpea salad , I whipped up my own version.

Chickpeas and Leeks with Yogurt Dressing

chickpeas and leeks

curried yogurt sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 leek, washed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • generous dashes of salt, cumin, tumeric, coriander, and chili pepper (to taste) – you could also use 1 1/2ย tsp curry powder
  • 1 shallot, sliced

Directions

  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat and then add the chickpeas, cook for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Add the leeks and garlic and sautee for another few minutes, until leeks are soft, remove from heat and add shallots
  • In a small bowl, combine yogurt and spices
  • When the chickpea mixture has cooled to room-temperature, add the yogurt mixture and stir gently to combine
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce or stuff into a pita pocket – this makes a great light lunch!

chickpeas and leeks

chickpeas and leeks

Note: The shallot flavor was a little overwhelming (woo! onion breath), so I might cook that with the leeks next time. This dish would also be good with some feta, chopped apricots, or slivered almonds as a garnish.

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Question 1: What’s your favorite way to enjoy chickpeas?

Question 2: Do you ever run races “easy”? i.e. run for fun and not time?

  • Hey! Update your PRs with your new 10K time and show it off to the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you had tapas from that Korean place? I looove Korean side dishes…extremely flavorful and naturally healthy…and I’m jealous of your access to good Korean food in NYC. It’s one of my favorite cuisines.

    Good luck tomorrow! Sometime it’s nice to race with no expectations.

  • II would totally form my day around frozen yogurt and specific flavors

  • omg LOVE bloomies fro-yo sooooo good!

  • Ada

    Good luck with the Brooklyn Half!!

    I actually work near Sophie’s and my boss orders in from there all the time. It always smells super yummy!

    Let me know if you ever want to grab a bite sometime, I’d love to see you again:)

  • Ellen

    I love chickpeas just on top of my salad. And YES, I run for “fun” most days ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve actually never been to 40 Carrots in the 5 1/2 years I’ve lived in New York. Gotta do that, your froyo look so good!

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • bloomingdale’s has froyo? that seems oddly appropriate. i’m really an ice cream girl, but 2% fage is one of my favorite things, so i may need to try this. i also have a merchandise credit that needs to be used there. hmm.

    hope the half went well today! see you for more beveraging this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Goodluck on your half! I am sure you will knock it out of the park without even trying because you are awesome like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The majority of my runs are for fun with my mom. Just the way I like em ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hummus is definately my favorite way to enjoy chickpeas. Good luck tomorrow at the race!

  • booze and froyo sounds pretty darn good to me…

  • I have never been into running races just for fun/not trying to run my fastest. I guess it just kinda defeats a lot of the point of a race to me. I don’t want to pay to do an easy run.

  • I love chickpeas in just about every way. Falafel might be my favorite.

    I’m not convinced about the leeks in your recipe, even though I’m fond of leeks. I might try it with some other veggie instead.

    All my first races were run just to run them – to challenge myself to the distance or to get racing experience. Now that I’ve been improving my speed (and can’t afford many races, time or money-wise) it will probably be a while before I run one “just for fun.” But they’re all just for fun!

  • You’ve been busy eating (and drinking) delicious things! Two of the finer things in life, if you ask me.

    I was totally creepy and looked up your race results yesterday… CONGRATULATIONS, LADY! I hope you celebrated… perhaps with a Levain cookie?

  • i saw your 1/2 mary results – AMAZING! way to go and congratulations on the race my dear!

    and i am so jealous of your fab NYC meet-ups – so much fun! i mean we just don’t get korean tapas restaurants in wisconsin. shocker, i know.

    and the chickpea yogurt thang – two of my favorite ingredients! happy weekend lady ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hi, i’m Kahwai… an amateur runner..

    i love chickpeas…. Roasted Chickpeas for snack

    is it..good for runner?