You haven’t tasted chickpeas until you’ve tried them roasted. Trust us, the delicious crunch is absolutely worth the time they spend in a hot oven. In this recipe, they’re roasted with smoked paprika and tossed with bubbly Israeli couscous, roasted zucchini and tomatoes, and feta cheese for a mishmash of savory Mediterranean flavors. You likely won’t have leftovers, but if you do, they’ll taste even better the next day.
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Veggie Stock Concentrate
• Adjust racks to middle and top positions and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. • Trim and dice zucchini into ½-inch pieces. Halve tomatoes. Strip thyme leaves from stems. Peel and mince garlic. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens. Halve lemon.
• Toss zucchini, tomatoes, and half the thyme leaves on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. • Roast on middle rack, tossing halfway through, until tender, 15-20 minutes.
• Meanwhile, drain and rinse chickpeas. Pat as dry as possible with paper towels. On a second baking sheet, toss half the chickpeas (all the chickpeas for 4 servings) with paprika, a large drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. • Roast on top rack, tossing halfway through, until crisp, 18-20 minutes. TIP: It’s natural for the chickpeas to pop a bit.
• While chickpeas roast, heat 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings), garlic, and scallion whites in a medium pot over medium-high heat; cook until butter has melted and garlic is fragrant, 1 minute. • Add couscous and remaining thyme leaves; stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until couscous is lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes.
• Add stock concentrate and ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4 servings) to pot with couscous. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until couscous is tender, 6-8 minutes. • Drain any excess liquid, if necessary. Keep covered off heat.
• Add half the veggies, half the feta, and a squeeze of lemon juice to pot with couscous; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. • Divide between plates; top with crispy chickpeas and remaining veggies. Garnish with scallion greens and remaining feta. Serve.