Weeknight Shorts: Keeping It Simple … For Now

After a giant cooking, eating extravaganza yesterday, you might not even feel like eating. But rather than just nosh on leftovers, try something that will break the eat-a-thon a bit without having you stuck in the kitchen for hours or looking for lots of ingredients:

That, my friends, is my quick and easy go-to dinner of choice. I don't add salt or seasonings of any kind. The base of the recipe is comprised of only three ingredients. That's right, three. There's also the option of adding other items or just not. I love adding things like peppers and roasted butternut squash, but the options are really vast. You can have it on its own, over rice, on a baked potato, or with pasta. It's one recipe that I make sure I always have the ingredients for on hand. There are few recipes like that in my collection.

And a recipe like that is perfect for today. Or next week, when you're still in a turkey coma and wanting something other than leftovers, but nothing that's very fussy. Add a salad (or don't) and a glass of wine (or don't). Relax and enjoy the fact that dinner can be on the table in short order and with little in the way of dishes to do after it's done. Happy holidays!

Chickpeas with Chorizo and Onions

  • 1 lb. fresh chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained

Place the fresh chorizo in a large nonstick skillet and begin to fry over medium-high heat, stirring regularly. About 5 minutes later, add the onion and continue frying until the meat and onions are both cooked through. Add the chickpeas and stir to warm through.

If desired, other vegetables such as sliced peppers, cubed roasted squash, sweet or regular potatoes, leafy greens, etc. can be added at various stages of the cooking process. This is very much a foundational recipe and can be tweaked according to your tastes and what is in your refrigerator.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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