Frugal Fixin’s: Garbanzo Stir Fry

Who says a plant based, whole food diet is expensive? Most of this stuff you probably already have! You can serve it over rice or noodles, or eat it alone! It’s a great, filling meal!



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed ($.68 at Wal-Mart)
  • 1 large zucchinni, halved and sliced ($1.53 at Wal-Mart, probably cheaper in summer!)
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1 large tomato, chopped (or 2 medium tomatoes) ($1 at Wal-Mart)
  • salt, to taste
  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Stir in oregano, basil, garlic, pepper, and onion. Add garbanzo beans and zucchinni, cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  2. Stir in cilantro, cook three minutes. Place chopped tomato on top, cover and let steam for 3 minutes. Don’t let the tomato get mushy. Stir altogether.

Here’s the nutritional information:

Serves 4, 167 calories, 4.7 grams fiber, and 4.6 grams protein

I added salt to my original bowl, but not to the entire pot. Do whatever works best for you for seasonings. I felt it needed salt, but some may not.


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