Vegan Bites Review: Eggplant and Chickpea Stew
For dinner last night I attempted my first recipe this week from Vegan Bites. I chose the recipe “Eggplant and Chickpea Stew” for its simplicity and for its veggie-loaded factor. I did not stray from the recipe at all, including all the suggested vegetables: onions, green pepper, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, and some chickpeas. Preparation was quite simple, and I’d say took no more than 10-minutes. I let the stew cook for about 25-minutes before serving nice and hot.
Results? While this was hearty and good hot, I’d say this is a dish that becomes richer over time. I enjoyed my stew at dinner, however was by no means in love with it. D said it was “good” but didn’t say much else after only eating 1/4 cup worth. I enjoyed the balance of spices, and I think that perhaps adding a touch more here and there would make this recipe stand out.
The recipe makes a pretty decent portion to serve 3-4, and so I stored the rest away for lunch this week (can’t argue with all those vegetables). Today at lunch I was hit with a blast of flavor burst! This meal was so much more flavorful after it had sat and let all the different flavors mix. I’m so glad I have enough of this for the rest of the weeks worth of lunches – going to get all my veggies in at lunch! It is really well complimented by some hummus and pitas as well. I calculated the nutritional information to share for 4-servings worth, and really cannot argue with the calories, cholesterol, and dietary fiber:
- Calories: 200.4
- Total Fat: 3.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 537.6 mg
- Total Carbs: 37.3 g
- Dietary Fiber: 8.9 g
- Protein: 7.2 g
Overall I’d give this 3 stars, out of 5. It’s something that I enjoyed but may not be high on my “return to” list – and D wasn’t a fan. On to the next recipe!