I might have to give lentils a rest. When I served dinner, my youngest asked me if this wasn't the 10th time I had served lentils in the last month or so. Definitely an exaggeration, but I did go from never fixing lentils, to trying 3 lentil soups in rapid succession.
January's Cooking Light, is easy to put together and the chickpeas were a nice addition. While I did like the smoky flavor and the hint of heat, it was probably my least favorite of the three we've tried recently. Still, it's another easy and nutritious "pantry" kind of meal where you're likely to always have the ingredients on hand.
So, the soup was good, but the side dish was great. This is another recipe from Peter Berley's Fresh Food Fast. This cookbook also brought us my new favorite soup, the Lemon Lentil Soup with Spinach. My SIL fixed this cauliflower side dish along with that soup for us at Thanksgiving and I've been wanting to fix it ever since.