Something yummy this way comes

I love going to the pantry, staring at the shelves of miscellaneous ingredients and trying to decide what to make for supper two minutes before supper time. It’s so humbling.

A chef I am not. A good home cook I aspire to be. Which is why — on occasion — I invent something colorful, fresh and tasty my family will eat. Those are the days I put on an apron and pretend I possess culinary excellence. Here’s what I put together today …

Farmgirl’s Chick Pea Pantry Saute

1 can rinsed and drained chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 of large red onion, finely diced
Handful of spinach leaves, cut in chiffonade
Several sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup of your choice of diced trail bologna, chorizo or crumbled bacon
1/4 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a skillet. Heat on medium-low.

Add chick peas to hot skillet and saute for two minutes.

Then add finely chopped red onion and saute for two more minutes.

Add chiffonade of spinach and thin-sliced sundried tomatoes. Add course salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

Saute for two minutes.

Add pork of choice … or not.

Add chorizo, trail bologna or crumbled bacon to the veggies and saute for several minutes or until chick peas begin popping.

An aside: I was going to use bacon, but then I spied the trail bologna. It’s actually deer bologna. No, don’t turn up your nose. I don’t like venison either, but this trail bologna is truly tasty! Farmguy usually has a deer processed into trail bologna each year — no venison roasts for us. We keep enough in the freezer to last until the following hunting season. Believe it or not, it makes a tasty addition to my pantry concoctions. And the kids love dicing it and adding to scrambled eggs.

But on to my chick peas.

When ingredients are heated through and chick peas start a poppin’, remove from heat and sprinkle with finely crumbled feta cheese. Gently combine.

Serve in a bowl or toss with your favorite pasta.

Then feed a spoonful to your children and watch as their indignant sneers turn to groans of delicious pleasure. She finished the bowl and asked for more, by the way.


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