Simple Supper: Chickpea and Quinoa Stew with Steamed Broccoli


My temporary home for January is very small and filled with someone else’s belongings.  This makes life a bit messy and chaotic.  The kitchen is tiny and I cannot set it up to work for me since I am not staying here.  I am thus confined in terms of what I cook to the equipment that exists here, the size of the kitchen, and the few ingredients I have purchased.  My meals tend to be simple and healthful.  Mostly they are vegetarian since I have been eating more meat than usual here in carnivore-friendly Paris.  This is a simple chickpea and quinoa stew that I made.  Served with steamed broccoli, it was a perfect light but warming and filling dinner.

Chickpea and Quinoa Stew

-1/2 cup mixed quinoa and bulgar*

-1/2 can chopped tomatoes

-1 can chickpeas

-1 medium yellow onion, chopped

-1 tsp ras al hanut

-1/4 lemon

-olive oil


1.  Sautee the onion in a bit of olive oil over medium-low heat until cooked through.

2.  Add chickpeas, quinoa mix, ras al hanut and tomatoes.  Stir.

3.  Add 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt.

4.  Simmer over medium heat until quinoa is cooked and flavors begin to meld, about 30 minutes.  Add more water as needed.  It should have a moist but thick consistency.

5.  Add lemon juice.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

6.  Serve with steamed veggies, greens, or a salad for a healthy, filling meal.

*In France, this is sold as a mix.  If you cannot find it mixed, use 1 part bulgar to 2 parts quinoa.  Or just use quinoa.

Profile of a Paris Blogger, Photographer and Journalist, Carin

I discovered Carin’s blog Paris in Four Months just before moving here.  The photos on her site are beautiful, vivid and perfectly capture so much of what I love about Paris.  They reminded me of why I decided to move here.  I am thrilled to share her story today, a few of her beautiful photos, and her guide to all things Paris.  I personally can’t wait to try all the places on her list!

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Me Somewhere in Paris


Name: Carin

Occupation: Freelance photographer and journalist

Location: Paris, France


-You originally moved to Paris for four months.  Why did you decide to do this?

I had dreamed about moving to Paris for quite sometime. I also wanted to try something new and totally different. I wasn’t completely satisfied with my life back in Stockholm, Sweden, so I decided that it was time to follow my dream and move to Paris!

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Friday Finds: Zara Sale

The key to shopping the January sales is to find items you can wear now and later on.  You want them to work for you at least through Spring.  That’s were the real deals are.  Here are my picks from the Zara sale.  There are some great deals out there right now!

Friday Finds: Zara Sale

Bathtub Bliss

There is nothing like a good soak after a hard day.  When I travel, I will book a particular hotel just for the tub.  Yes, I am a huge dork.  At the moment, I only have a small shower stall.  I find myself dreaming about deep, comfy, beautifully designed bathtubs.  Here are a few that I think I particularly nice.  What about you?  Baths: love them or hate them?

Bath 9

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Casual Chic Fashion

Casual day at the office?  A day spent running errands?  There’s still no reason to look like a slob.  It is entirely possible to look chic, casual, and to be comfortable.  Please, please, please leave the sweat pants at home!  If you need a bit of inspiration, here are a few of my favorite casual chic looks.

Casual Chic 2

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Spiced Veggies and Lentils

Veggies and Lentils

Since I arrived in Paris I have been eating two things excessively: cheese and bread.  I love both of these so this has not been a huge hardship at all.  However, after a week of the cheese-and-bread diet I was starting to feel the lack of veggies.  I went to my local grocery store and picked up whatever veggies looked good along with some lentils.  I then made a one-dish meal with Moroccan spices and topped it with plain yogurt.  So healthy that I didn’t feel at all guilty about returning to the French diet the next day!

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