I’ve got the perfect weekend recipe for ya’ll to really spice things up in the kitchen, while also leaving you all the time in the world to enjoy a weekend as gorgeous as this past one has been here in Richmond!

Think:  clear blue skies, temps in the upper-70’s.  Perfection 🙂

All you’ll need is a crockpot and a few simple ingredients.  So what are you waiting for, there’s beautiful fall weather out there just waiting to be enjoyed, get this stew started and get to it! 😉

Crockpot Mediterranean Chickpea Stew

  • 28 oz. box / can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 15oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1 drained, 1 not
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 can medium black olives, halved (about 30 olives)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • juice of one lemon

Chop up the onion, garlic and slice the black olives.

Drain one can of the chickpeas, leave the liquid in the other.

Then just dump everything into the crockpot (except the lemon juice) and give a good stir.

Tomatoes, chickpeas, onion, garlic, oregano, cinnamon, salt & pepper. Yep, the gang’s all here 😛


Set to high for 4 hours and forget about it!!

P.S. Prepare for your house to start smelling amazing ya’ll… I opened the front door to the most wonderful scent of warm cinnamon upon coming home from typical Saturday afternoon activities. Nothing like it!

After the 4 hours are up, add the finishing touches…

A fresh squeeze of lemon juice to the chickpea stew.

And this dried fruit & grain combo, which I am just in love with, to serve.

Note that millet could easily be subbed out for something like couscous, quinoa or rice.  Also, any dried fruit would work in lieu of the raisins 😀

  • 1 cup millet (or whatever grain you like)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or whatever dried fruit you like)
  • 2 cups water

Toast millet in a medium pot for 2-3 minutes.  Then add the raisins and water and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.

Look how plump n’ juicy the raisins get… I love that!

Such a fun texture and such a sweet surprise in each bite 🙂

To serve the chickpea stew, simply pile atop the millet & raisin mixture and let all those flavors come together.

I really liked the way this turned out, it was mildly spiced with a hint of cinnamon and hearty enough thanks to the chickpeas.

The raisins were such a fun, sweet twist to each bite too!

I bet that the addition of a few red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce would really bump up the spiciness profile too, just sayin’ 😉

If you’ve never tried adding cinnamon to a savory dish like this you totally should, it’s such a fun twist to bring into the kitchen and so warm & comforting!

Well this upcoming week looks to be pretty busy and also pretty fun ya’ll, check out what’s in store 😛

  1. Carytown Food & Wine Festival recap
  2. Mexican Lasagna recipe
  3. A Giveaway!!!!

Not too shabby eh?

And before I go, I have to share this article with ya’ll because I’m just so very proud to be part of this fabulous company. Go Chobani!! <3

Guess the commercials did their job… ? 😉 

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year too since filming?!  One of the best experiences of my life for sure *sigh*… 

At least watching this behind the scenes video makes it feel kinda like it was just yesterday… 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

So, what’s your favorite crockpot recipe?


  1. Crockpot meals totally rock! And yes- the smells they create in your house are just out of this world. Favorite crockpot recipe? I like simple pulled meats in sauce. My new fav is just doing chicken in marinara

  2. Seriously, could our weather GET any better here?! I’m LOVING it. I love it so much I actually went on a run, for the first time in far too long 😉

    This recipe looks delicious as always! And Chobani is totally the best greek yogurt!

  3. That is seriously my idea of the perfect food! I can’t wait to try it!

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