When it comes to the weekend and you’re looking at making something different without making a huge fuss then this chickpea and mince recipe goes perfectly with a Mediterranean themed evening!
You know how sometimes you get to the weekend to tired to move? You either going out or staying home but when you stay home you tend to do the same thing all the time? Well it doesn’t have to be like that all the time. It also doesn’t take much to slightly change the dynamics for a wonderful turn out!
Social Media x Passion For Inspiration
Just because Christmas is gone doesn’t mean so have the festive nights and decorations, right?
So this weekend I was reading everyone’s business on Instagram as I usually do because I love it! Watching stories, seeing what my fellow Instagrammers were up to and I love watching all my followers because it allows me to travel the world from my little Anosmic Kitchen which is superb!
Moved on to Pinterest and there was so much inspiration! The thing about Pinterest is that when you don’t know what you are looking for you just might find yourself there an hour/s later! So much inspiration I always forget what I went on there for in the first place 🙂 Most times you don’t actually need the recipe you just need a visual to get you going.
Any meal that consists of building things together is always a wonderful way to create all things Mediterranean which included good food and a great atmosphere. This way of eating has always been a huge favorite of ours so it was no surprise that just the image from My Food Bank inspired me so much!
What to use for a Mediterranean Night?
As much color as you have.
What type of dishes can I use?
You can use any dishes that you have. I am an ex pottery lover so I have some really old bowls that I made many years ago so for the yogurt and sambal mix I used those. If you have enamel even better! Whats also just as great is some colorful plastic plates, yes I know but they work wonderfully! You can combine old with new, wine glasses with some tumbler glasses, there are no fixed rules. Remember Mediterranean settings are much more focused on atmosphere, food and ambiance than modern and trending.
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What about seating?
You know me, use what you have. Work with what you have. If you have a bar area only, use that, if its outside seating etc, all that’s important is that you create just that one special focal space. I used our coffee table and set cushions on the floor with some old throws which were a gift from Istanbul. (and a large couch at the back of us for our backs sorry but we are that old yes :)) So honestly work around what you have and what your theme is.
From cushions to throws to candles and more as long as you are bringing in some color and some ambiance you are set and ready for a lovely evening.
What food to serve for the evening?
This chickpea and lentil recipe of-course! Have the yogurt or any of your favorite dips in small bowls and don’t forget to have the samble in a small bowl as well. The dishes need vibrancy and that samble bowl doesn’t only taste great it holds such vibrant colors which complement the food and the decor.
You can also serve some side dishes but I would suggest not many because the meal on its own is quite filling. Cutting the roti, naan bread or pita breads (whichever you choose to use) can be cut into small triangles and served on a platter surrounded by bowls of dips with the mince and chickpea in a larger bowl as a main dip. There are just so many options you can go with.
Complementing Side Bowls
For this chickpea and mince recipe there was no need to have too much on the table except for an antipasto platter which again is made up of cheeses and cold meats and this time I managed to get a bunch of grapes which is always refreshing.
The meal in itself is filling and so enjoyable that you don’t need much and must be careful of taking away from the main course. So keep it simple.
This meal is so good and can be enjoyed as any meal on any day but it created sort of an ambiance for us because it was Friday, too tired to move and all we wanted to take a deep breath so the timing for a quick tasty meal couldn’t have been more perfect!
No need to go out when you can make delicious meals at home and serve them as though you were in the restaurant. A couple of boards, bowls, colorful napkins, tee lights, candles and some good wine and I promise you that’s as close to perfect as it gets.
Other Recipes or Sides to Add To This Theme
Chickpeas and Mince Recipe
- 400 grams mince
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 green/yellow onion
- 1 T coconut oil
- Yogurt Fat Free Plain
- Flat Italian Parsley
- 1/4 cup Italian Passata Red Sauce
- 2 T tomato paste
- 1/4 cup water (standby)
- Himalayan Salt
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- Red Chili Powder
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- fresh lemon
- Heat the oil in a non stick pan and cook the chopped green onion with the chopped garlic just until a little glossy.
Add the mince and mix well into the onions and garlic. Let the mince cook for about 5 minutes while adding your favorite spices.
Pour in the Italian Passata Red Sauce, drop the heat to medium and let it cook for about 5 minutes before adding the tomato paste and cooking it for a further 8-10 minutes.
If you find it too thick add a little water. (always best to add water slowly)
Drain the liquid from the chickpeas, rinse under a running tap with cold water and pour into the mince. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes before removing from the heat. Serve with fresh green herbs and a dollop of yogurt. Finely dice all the samble ingredients, mix together with a squeeze of fresh lemon, grind of salt & fresh pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. De-seeding the tomatoes also helps from the samble getting soggy. Serve over or on the side of the mince and chickpeas dish.
Inspiration from My Food Book and Passage Foods thank you so much 🙂 References are also made on my Instagram to these guys!