Italian Chickpeas and Spinach over Risotto

by JL Fields on July 31, 2014

Yesterday I taught my first PCRM Food for Life nutrition cooking class! (I can’t believe that just last month I was in DC going through the training!)

The first class in the six-week employee wellness training program, we focused on the basics of getting ready to take a 21-day challenge to eat a plant-based diet. Fifteen people are in the group and they were really enthusiastic! I demonstrated a smoothie, sautéed veggies, and a quick chili.

JL Fields | Food for Life Colorado Springs | Employee Wellness Training

I unloaded my supplies at home before going to the office (I’m have a huge freelance writing project due Monday, which is why my posts have been sporadic this month!). When I got home last night, with a bunch of edits in hand, I realized first things first: clean the damn kitchen.

It was at that moment that I began to tell myself I had no time to cook. Because the kitchen was such a mess, I had to make edits and keep writing, etc.

And then I put myself back in the nutrition class a few hours earlier, where I was demonstrating exactly how quick and easy it is to eat wholesome vegan meals. So I made this.

Italian Chickpeas and Spinach over Risotto | JL Fields|

I was inspired by the PCRM Quick Black Bean Chili recipe I made earlier in the day.

Guess what? While that meal was cooking – in under 20 minutes – I cleaned my kitchen and mapped out my writing and editing goals for the evening. I wasn’t too busy to cook. In fact the cooking occurred while I was working. And I was rewarded with a hot, healthy, and delicious bowl of legumes, greens and grains!

  • Barb

    That’s such a good thing to keep in mind, that dinner doesn’t HAVE to be huge and fancy. Although, on the nights I convince myself I “cant” cook it’s usually because what I really want is a (whole) bottle of wine and some Chinese delivery 😉

    • JL

      Oh, I had wine, @disqus_OVSwN88GCU:disqus! 🙂 (soul-sistah!)

  • The Peace Patch

    goodgolly you are a productive multitasker…and a delicious dinnermaker too! Trusty chickpeas always come to the rescue. 🙂

    • JL

      Well thank you very much, @thepeacepatch:disqus! Chickpeas basically rock.

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