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Chick Pea Gumbo

Chick peas crop up everywhere in my recipes -- in curries, soups, salads and pasta sauces. Here, they are combined with okra and the other classic gumbo ingredients for a hearty dish with a southern flair.

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, cut up
1 dried red pepper, crumbled
1 pound okra, sliced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup basil, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 cans chick peas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cooked brown rice or other whole grains of your choice (optional)

Bring the onion, garlic, pepper, tomatoes and their liquid, and the red pepper to a boil in a large pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer 10-15 minutes. Serve the gumbo over brown rice or other whole grains.

6-8 servings

June 7th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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