Spinach and Chickpea Saute

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Oct 21, 03:27 PM in and . Comments [1].

The cold weather has well and truly set in here in the North West. In the cold weather, sometimes a sandwich just isn’t going to “hit the spot” for lunch. Here’s a quick, easy and cheap lunch idea when you feel like something hot. It’s a great recipe as it has two powerhouse ingredients- chickpeas and spinach.

Spinach is loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. It also contains vitamin c, fibre and carotenoids. It’s easy to use in lots of different types of recipes and cooks fairly quickly.

Chickpeas are not only a great source of protein but also contain carbohydrate.The beauty is that it’s a low GI carbohydrate.

For a lunch that will make you feel fuller for longer, its a winner!


  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 red onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 × 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 200g (7oz) baby leaf spinach
  • juice of one lemon


Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the cumin seeds, red onions and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Rinse the chickpeas, stir in and season with salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat. Add the spinach and the lemon juice and toss to mix well.
Enjoy straight away – good hot or cold, for lunch or as a side dish

(serves 4/142 cals per serve)

For something different…

Try adding bacon, like in our photo

Tags: Chickpeas, Spinach

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.


  1. Can’t wait to try your recipes, they sound yummy and I am always looking for simple things to make quick!

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