Spinach Garbanzo Bean Saute
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A Fast, Easy Vegetarian Dinner

A wealth of nutrition in one quick dish

Garbanzo beans and spinach taste great together, especially sautéed with garlic and onion!  This is another recipe that is very quick and easy, just the way I like them. 

Spinach seems to go well in anything, like this recipe with garbanzo beans. I've been having so much fun the last few months experimenting with spinach. It always seems to make it into my egg dishes but I wanted more options with less or no eggs. I was very pleased when I tried this combination.  It's actually good combined with any kind of beans.

Garbanzo beans are often considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  They are very  high in fiber which makes make your body feel more satisfied.  That means you may snack less. The fiber also helps control your blood sugar, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and aid in digestion and colon issues.  The beans are also high in protein, manganese, folate, copper, iron and zinc.  

Add garbanzos to spinach, one of the top foods recommended for health,  and you have a powerhouse of nutrition that tastes healthy, delicious, and satisfying.

Simply sauté for a pretty dish that tastes good as a side or as a meal.  I enjoy it for lunch with a roll made with my bread machine. It’s quite filling, wonderfully nutritious, and is vegetarian besides. You can add more spinach or less garbanzos, depending how you like it. The flavors blend in any combination.  It's so tasty!

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 10-oz bags spinach or equivalent, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil in large skillet, then sauté chopped garlic and onion for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add garbanzo beans first, then 2 minutes later add spinach.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Cook until spinach is wilted, just another minute or two.
  5. Serve while hot.

Use a Large Skillet

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I'm not sure I could manage without this large skillet. It seems that anytime I am cooking vegetables both the width and the extra height are needed. Spinach is a perfect example. When you first add it to a pan it overwhelms, then cooks down nicely. A large pan like this makes it easy.