Hearty Garbanzo Stew

I don’t know if you live alone, with a family, with friends, in a dorm, or in a hut. All I know is that we all suffer the same tedious affliction day in and day out: dishes.

I’ve actually met people who do not cook at home, because they can’t be bothered to do dishes. To tell you the truth I was one of those. Until I discovered that my cooking skills, were actually not what were going to make me do more dishes, but the exact opposite.

You see, I discovered very early on that a lot of people (students and people away from their parents houses and living alone), will go to great lengths for a free and delicious home cooked meal. So my deal was simple, I’ll cook for you, and you clean for me.

Fast forward to today, I find myself eating alone quite a bit in my apartment, so I have to do dishes (I’m not a believer in dish washers), so what I do most of the time is cook meals that can be in one pot and eaten in one bowl.

One pot + one bowl = 1min 27 seconds to wash and dry. Happiness.

Cooking in one pot is really easy to do, the only thing you need to keep in mind is the timing, the sequencing of the ingredients, and the method of cooking. So many recipes can be done in a pot, but I’ll focus on one of my favourites: the stew. I know you are probably thinking: “here he goes again with his big white bowl of piping steaming ingredients” well if you are, shut up.

The other thing i love about stews is that you can put a large number of veggies and proteins in a pot, let them simmer beautifully and slowly together, giving you a meal with all the nutrients you may need in one convenient package.

Here is one of my favourites:

Chicken and Garbanzo Stew



    1. Psyche Castillon May 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Hi, Erwan

      I’m living alone and I don’t have a refrigerator. I’m wondering if the stew won’t get stale the following day even without putting it in a ref? Thanks!


    1. Abby May 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

      I couldnt agree more on how cumbersome it is to wash the dishes! haha The lazy me actually prepares my “bento” using disposables :) Thank you for another easy and yummy recipe!

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

        right? i do to! terrible for the environment though

    1. Justin Torres May 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Wow. My sisters and I invented a simpler (and not so healthy) version of the stew!! Hahaha. Easier and with fewer ingredients. I wish you could post recipes like this but using ingredients that are staples in the kitchen. Thanks!

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

        lets make these ingredients staples!

    1. Jan May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Chickpeas and chicken: a perfect combination. Definitely meant to be cooked together. I mean, come on, they both start with “chick.” Hehe… This stew is now my favorite out of all the dishes featured here–well, this and Monggo Guisado. :)

      Hey, Erwan, have you ever tried Monggo Guisado with smoked fish instead of pork? By “smoked fish,” I mean tinapa, the quintessential Filipino smoked fish. It’s really good.

      And do you have a recipe for pumpkin/squash soup? :)

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

        yes i have a monggo recipe already posted!
        nope, not big on squash soup.

    1. tinkerbell May 30, 2012 at 12:49 am

      another delicious, easy recipe to try this weekend!:)

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

        thank s!

    1. Justine May 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Genius! This blog is such an inspiration! Keep it up! :)

      And btw, you should share your Ratatouille recipe. I’ve been reading your tweets and Ratatouille seem to be one of your favorites!

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

        thanks Justine!

    1. krisywink May 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

      is that Nesquik (yellow container on top of your fridge) behind you? :D

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:14 am


    1. Alex June 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I just prepared this this arvo and it’s yummy as!!! Didn’t have fresh basil though as I couldnt be bothered going to the shop so I used the dried ones instead. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Erwan! Looking forward to trying your other recipes! :)


      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

        glad you tried and liked it!

        1. Alex June 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

          I LOVED it! I’m keen to try your other recipes! Will do it this long weekend and will post how it goes. Thanks again! :)

    1. Ann June 4, 2012 at 4:18 am

      I’ve tried this already but in a different way, since my mom is Spanish I’ve got to try Spanish foods. She makes this all the time and it’s one of my favorite dish XD

      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

        yes it is!

    1. Jos June 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      I made your recipe…super simple to make and in no time…again, thx bigtime for saving me from eating rice this week hahaaha!

      p.s. whenever I have a hard time coming up with something to cook…I invariably come onto your site…its become my go-to for everything food!

    1. Lian July 1, 2012 at 5:17 am

      Hi Erwan,
      Happy to have started reading your blog. I’ve spent 2 hours of my day already just checking out the videos you made on how to make your own healthy but appetizing recipes. Best of all, they do seem to be really easy. Kinda got me inspired to cook my way to fitness. Here’s a question and maybe a challenge for you: is kaldereta considered unhealthy? if so, could you do a healthy version of it?

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:48 am

        thank you so much! i’ll try and see what i can do with it

        1. Lian July 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

          Ok, we’ll be waiting for what you come up with. It’s our favorite – my boyfriend and I. We already tried your simple carbonara and true enough, it was good even with the use of only a handful of ingredients. Btw, love seeing anne in your blog. Keep on cooking in the free world!
          P.S. Boyfriend loves the songs you use in your vids. Hope you would list them down in one of your posts.

          1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:18 am

            i keep forgetting, on the next one, promise!

    1. tricia September 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

      can you post the video and ingredients? I really want to make this. :)




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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