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Vegan Spinach, Chickpea, and Lemon Pilaf

Try this simple one-pot dish for a warming lunch, or serve it cold as a scrumptious side dish. 

Time: 15
Serves: 4
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This easy, spiced rice dish from the 15 Minute Vegan on a Budget cookbook is the answer to any potluck, weeknight meals, or picky eaters. Serve it up with grilled flatbreads and a vegan yogurt sauce for an extra dose of plant-based goodness. 

What you need:

1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1¼ cups cooked basmati rice
2½ cups hot vegetable broth
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup spinach
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
⅛ teaspoon salt

What you do:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes until softened, but not browned. Add turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and chilli flakes, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in rice and vegetable broth, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid rice sticking. Add chickpeas and spinach and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and coriander. Season with salt and serve.

Photo credit: Katy Beskow

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