Ah, resolutions. They are so easy to make and so hard to keep. There are the annual New Year’s Resolutions we all make and break. There’s the inevitable swimsuit season countdown. And there are the (in some cases daily) promises that this will be the LAST TIME I gorge on Oreo cookies for dessert after my greasy grilled cheese dinner. Obviously I say none of this from experience. Obviously.
Regardless of what your health/fitness goals are, it’s hard to make changes last. Whether it’s cutting down on soda or quitting smoking, it’s always easier to make resolutions than to keep them. And long-term habits are what ultimately create health or illness. Which is why I’m sharing a GIVEAWAY today from the health and fitness app/website Slimkicker. SlimKicker is a website/app that turns your health and diet challenges into a game by giving you the tools to track your progress, reward yourself, and even compete with friends.
To win the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post with a fun and creative health, diet, or fitness challenge. Slimkicker will pick will pick their favorite entry, add it as a challenge to their site, and give you an Ozeri Professional Kitchen Scale. I’m seriously
jealous of excited for whoever wins this. (This giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.)
I will be accepting entries until July 31st and then we’ll be contacting the winner.
I was thinking about what kind of challenge I would create for myself and decided it would definitely be to cook dinner at home more often. For someone who writes a cooking blog, I do a poor job of feeding myself and my loved ones at the end of a busy day. Even the simplest dinners cooked at home would save me tons of money and would be much healthier than take-out or (ahem) bar food. So in honor of today’s giveaway, I’m sharing these Harissa Chickpeas with Spinach. Fast, healthy, and affordable. I guess there’s nothing too challenging about that!
Harissa Chickpeas with Spinach
from Not Without Salt
Note: You can find harissa paste in many well-stocked grocery stores or online.
– 1 Tbsp butter
– 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
– 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (= 15oz can)
– 1 tsp harissa paste (add more for more spice)
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 Tbsp olive oil
– 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
– 2 cups fresh baby spinach
– generous scoop plain greek yogurt
1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté about 2 minutes, until softened. Add harissa paste and allow to cook 2 minutes more.
2. Add chickpeas and sauté until warm and softened, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in mint, spinach, and olive oil.
3. Allow the residual heat to soften the spinach and divide into 2 bowls. Top each bowl with a scoop of greek yogurt and serve with a slice of crusty bread, if you like.