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Hello there, dear reader and welcome to Week #4 of my 15 MINUTE RECIPE SERIES. You can see past weeks recipes by clicking HERE. Today’s recipe may sound a little odd, but please believe me when I tell you it is fantastic. I’ve made it countless times over the summer, asking my kids, my sisters-in-law and my husband to sample it.

It always gets a thumbs up, and then the question…”What is IN this? Is it healthy?

And I always respond with…”Oh, yes. It’s one of those delightful tasting recipes that is also, super good for you.”

Which is true, my friends.

You start by letting a bunch of grape tomatoes cook in a tiny bit of oil and garlic. Look at that fabulous sauce!

Then chic peas and kale are added, soaking in that great sauce while the kale wilts down.

Add a bit of pesto to the pan, stir it in…

…then you add fresh lemon juice, parmesan cheese, a bit of salt and pepper and …. wow. Just wow. I bet you are going to love it! Healthy, fast, budget friendly, meatless, guiltless, full of fresh flavor and goodness. Hope you get a chance to try it!

Tomato and Pesto Chic Pea Skillet

Serves: 4 Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: NA calories NA fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can chic peas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 5 C chopped kale
  • 3-4 Tb fresh basil pesto (I get mine at Sam's or Costco)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 C parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Grab a large, deep skillet and heat it up over medium high heat.
  2. Add your oil and let it get nice and hot. Add your tomatoes and stir occasionally allowing the tomatoes to blister and pop. Take a spatula and press them down, so the juice excretes and starts to simmer. Add the garlic and cook for just a couple of minutes, making sure the garlic gets golden brown, but not dark brown.
  3. Add the chic peas and kale, tossing to combine. Cook just until the kale wilts, but isn't "cooked" all the way.
  4. Add the pesto to the pan and stir to combine.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, parmesan cheese and bit of salt and pepper to taste. Allow the cheese to melt then serve and Enjoy!

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