Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten free)

By June 26, 2017Mains, Recipes
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Are you looking to incorporate more meatless meals into your week, or simply looking to switch it up in the kitchen? This recipe for Coconut Chickpeas and Greens with Zucchini Noodles is packed with flavor and is super simple to make (we’re talking under 30 minutes). Get the recipe for this veggie-licious meal below!

Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten-free!)

The day is finally here. After hours spent creating, editing and reviewing, the re{Fresh} 21-Day Meal Plan & Guide is here and I’m SO excited to share it with you!


For this plan, I wanted to approach it differently than all of the others I’ve created in the past by working with a dietitian. Luckily, someone I knew (thanks, Robin!) was the perfect fit for the project. She is able to bring to the table what I don’t have – the ability to advise on nutritional needs when designing a specific meal plan targeted towards healthy living!

Putting together this meal plan was like putting together a puzzle with a million different pieces. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get your daily needs of macro- (protein, carbs, fat) and micro- (vitamins and minerals) nutrients in a day through whole foods? I certainly didn’t!

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Having just finished several culinary programs, one being the Matthew Kenney Culinary Program, I was ready to spread my cuisine wings through this plan.

Several cuisines that I love, but have always been intimidated to experiment with are Thai and Indian foods. Fear no more!

Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles

This recipe for coconut chickpeas and greens incorporate many layers of flavor in one simple, easy to make dish. Using coconut milk as the base is a healthy way to introduce a creamy texture and flavor without the “heaviness” of cream.

Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten-free!)

This recipe also calls for turmeric, a popular anti-inflammatory spice, as well as cilantro and lime – two classic Thai flavors.

You will notice that this recipe calls for frozen, chopped spinach. While you might think I would prefer fresh, something I learned while designing the re{Fresh} meal plans is that you are actually getting way more nutrients with frozen spinach because there are more greens per volume. Make sense?

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Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten free)

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 14.5 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized (could sub for 2 cups cooked brown or cauliflower rice)


  1. Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat and sauté the onions in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and the turmeric; sauté until fragrant. Add the garbanzo beans and turn up the heat to medium, sautéing until slightly crispy. Add the spinach and stir until defrosted. Add the coconut milk, tomato sauce and salt; stir to combine. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Once thick, add the lime zest and juice; remove from heat.
  2. To serve, place half of the zucchini noodles in each bowl. Spoon half of the coconut chickpeas and greens on top of each dish. Garnish with cilantro and extra lime wedges!

Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten-free!)

This recipe calls for zucchini noodles, but you could switch it up with whatever you have on hand. Brown rice or cauliflower rice would both be fantastic! If you have a meat lover in the family, you could throw some grilled chicken in the bowl.

The re{Fresh} 21-Day Meal Plan & Guide

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  • For a fresh, new direction that’s totally doable?
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  • To wake up to vibrant, glowing skin?
  • To conquer unhealthy cravings once and for all?


The re{Fresh} 21-Day Meal Plan & Guide is designed to give you a healthy makeover from the inside out so that you can become your most vibrant and confident self! The plan includes a comprehensive guide to set you up for success, three weeks of meal plans, easy plant-based recipes (with meat/seafood modifications), grocery shopping lists, prep plans and more!

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Coconut Chickpeas & Greens with Zucchini Noodles (vegan + gluten-free!)