Gluten-Free Spicy Chickpeas & Quinoa


Okay, so this next recipe is not exactly Paleo but it is one of my absolute favorite “cheat” meals.  This recipe was inspired by one that my husband’s best friend makes “Chickpeas & Israeli Cous Cous.  Obviously, cous cous is the farthest thing from paleo so I wanted to find a suitable alternative that would have health benefits.  Quinoa is one of those things that isn’t exactly paleo but I allow it in my diet because of the protein benefits.  Beans are one of those things that I try to limit as much as possible but I do allow myself to have occasionally.

So here it is.  Super simple, pretty quick, and extremely filling!

Gluten-Free Spicy Chickpeas & Quinoa


  • Small Onion
  • 1 cup of Organic chili peppers & tomatoes (either canned or fresh. You can also use Rotel if you don't have anything else)
  • 1 large can of Chickpeas
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • s&p


  1. Dice a small onion and sauté it with a little salt in a medium sized pot.
  2. Drain a can of chili peppers & tomatoes and add it to the pot with some salt & pepper.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Start cooking the quinoa according to package directions in a separate pot.
  5. Add paprika, smoked paprika and cumin to the onion, tomato and chili pepper mix. Cook a couple minutes.
  6. Drain a can of chickpeas and add it to the mixture and cook 15 more minutes.
  7. Add white wine to taste.
  8. When cooked, pour over quinoa and enjoy!

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