Yum Alert: Chickpea, Fennel, Swiss Chard Stew With Brown Rice

Written by Olga

Tonight’s Tuesday Soup Day feature is stew.

Tonight’s Tuesday Soup Day is presented to you by this awesome gluten-free stew. Stew, like soup, is consumed with the help of a spoon so deal with it. Anyway, the combination of chick peas, fennel, swiss chard and brown rice makes this soup not only healthy, but also hearty.


1 pound dried chickpeas

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 leeks, sliced, white and light green parts only

4 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoons ground caraway

2 – 3 tablespoons harissa, or to taste, plus extra for serving

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 fennel bulbs, including fronds

2 bunches of swiss chard

1 bunch of parsley

kosher or sea salt to taste

1 recipe Oven Baked Brown Rice


Soak the chickpeas overnight with enough water to come up about 3 inches over the top of the beans. The next day, drain and rinse the chickpeas, cover with 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for an hour. Heat the olive oil in a large 6-quart dutch oven. Add the onion and leeks and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander, and caraway. Stir until fragrant. Add the harissa and tomato paste and stir. Add the chickpeas with their cooking water; stir to combine. Cover and simmer for another 30 – 60 minutes, until chickpeas are very tender. Prepare the fennel by cutting each bulb in half and removing the core. Slice from top to bottom. Cut off the fronds. Discard the stems. Remove the stems from the chard and cut into pieces. Chop the parsley. Add the fennel, fennel fronds, and swiss chard. Stir to combine. Don’t worry if there seems like an overwhelming amount of greens. They’ll cook down. Simmer until fennel and chard are tender. Season to taste with salt. Stir in the parsley. Serve over Oven Baked Brown Rice.

Image and recipe via Simply Sugar And Gluten Free.

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Olga is a fast talking East Coast girl who takes no bull or prisoners. When not kicking a$$ and taking names, she can be found being awesome up and down the East Village. In her down time, Olga practices power yoga and drinks hand-crafted cocktails - sometimes at once.

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