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Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon

Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
Are you in the mood for some comfort food? Of course you are; it's January. In the interest of resolutions and energy, you might, however, be leaning towards something with vegetables — perhaps even a vegetarian dish? I have a proposal for you: Fresh baby spinach and chickpeas seared with ginger, garlic, and onion in a creamy coconut milk sauce, finished off with a healthy dash of lemon. But it doesn't stop there. No — this spicy, tangy dish of greens was designed to be served over a sweet potato. It's a mess of color and vegetables: Green, tender spinach draped over a big, hot sweet potato. This isn't by any means an especially difficult or even original meal; there are scads of recipes out there for greens braised in coconut milk. Poured over the sweet potato this is powerhouse vegan comfort food, with loads of flavor and solid sustenance from the chickpeas and sweet potato. Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon serves 4 as a main dish or 6 as a side (Images: Faith Durand)

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