Mediterranean Chickpea Grain Bowls with Glazed Carrots, Dates & Lemon Yogurt

Mediterranean Chickpea Grain Bowls

with Glazed Carrots, Dates & Lemon Yogurt

Group Created with Sketch. 40 min 10 SmartPoints®
Wellness at Blue Apron
Find recipes that suit your lifestyle with our new nutritionist-approved dietary tags.
Fri Delivery Only
Recipe only available for Friday delivery.
WW™ Approved
Our recipes that have the WW™ Mark of Wellness make vegetables the star of your meal, utilize lean proteins, keep calorie counts in mind and limit saturated fat, sodium and added sugar, and use simple, wholesome ingredients to make dinnertime a nourishing and joyful experience. Smart Point Values ® (SPVs) are assigned to recipes on an “as packaged” basis. To learn more about WW™ visit our partner’s website at WW.com.
Vegetarian
Our vegetarian recipes contain no meat, poultry, fish, or seafood, but may include eggs, and animal-based dairy products, such as cheese and sour cream, as well as honey.
600 Calories Or Less
All of these delicious recipes come in at 600 calories or less per serving, ideal for those who choose to monitor their caloric intake, without sacrificing flavor. The US Food & Drug Administration recommends a 2000 calorie daily intake for the general population. The 600 calorie cap equates to 30% of total 2000 calories per day based on 3 meals per day with 200 calories remaining for snack or beverage.
Carb Conscious
Our Carb Conscious recipes provide a balanced approach to carbohydrate consumption by replacing refined carbohydrates from sources like white flour, rice, and cane sugar with high-fiber foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Our Carb Conscious recipes have 42g or less of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber) per serving, a 25% reduction in net carbs compared to the average Blue Apron recipe served in 2019. Due to the natural variation in size of and contribution of produce in our recipes, some recipes can be badged as Carb Conscious at 45g or less net carbs per serving.
Mediterranean Diet
Our Mediterranean recipes are inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, a healthy eating plan recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published jointly every five years by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). This eating plan highlights the flavors and cooking styles from countries along the Mediterranean Sea, including those in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. These recipes showcase a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, as well as lean proteins and moderate portions of dairy.
Plant-Forward
Our Plant-Forward recipes are designed by our chefs to help support a flexible diet that emphasizes plant-based foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes like lentils and soy foods, and includes occasional, moderate portions of meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.
Diabetes Friendly
Our diabetes friendly offering allows you to enjoy wholesome options while adhering to the guidelines set forth by the nutrition experts at our partner at the American Diabetes Association. A recipe with this badge features non-starchy, fibrous vegetables with a limit on calories, total carbohydrates, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. For those chefs following ADA guidelines, it is recommended that no additional salt be added to this recipe when prepared and for chefs to skip all salting steps of a recipe. See nutrition information on your current page or at blueapron.com for sodium “as packaged”. To find out more about the American Diabetes Association's guidelines visit our partner’s website www.diabetes.org.
  • icon-servings Created with Sketch.
    2 Servings
  • icon-nutrition Created with Sketch. Est. 580 Cals/serving
  • View All
    Nutrition Label
    Download

These colorful vegetarian bowls feature hearty barley tossed with crispy chickpeas, earthy marinated beets, and sweet carrots glazed with harissa paste—a smoky, punchy condiment made from sun-dried chile peppers, cumin, coriander, and more. It’s delightfully tempered by the bright, creamy lemon yogurt drizzled on top.

This recipe was created in partnership with the wellness experts at WW. To learn more about WW and SmartPoints® visit ww.com

Get Cooking
fresh
ingredients
Mediterranean Chickpea Grain Bowls with Glazed Carrots, Dates & Lemon Yogurt
Title
  • ½ cup Pearled Barley
  • 1 15.5 -Ounce Can Chickpeas
  • 6 oz Carrots
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Red Harissa Paste
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tbsps Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 oz Dried Medjool Dates
  • 4 oz Cooked Beets
  • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • ½ cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Preserved Lemon Purée
Cook the barley:
1 Cook the barley:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

Prepare the ingredients & marinate the beets:
2 Prepare the ingredients & marinate the beets:

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Drain and rinse the chickpeas; pat dry with paper towels. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice on an angle. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Peel the shallot and finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). On a paper towel-lined cutting board, medium dice the beets. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon purée, and 1 tablespoon of water; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the chopped shallot, diced beets, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the chickpeas:
3 Cook the chickpeas:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the drained chickpeas in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned (be careful, as the chickpeas may pop as they cook). Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly crispy. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

Cook & glaze the carrots:
4 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the harissa paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add 2 tablespoons of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. 

Finish the barley & serve your dish:
5 Finish the barley & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked barley, add the cooked chickpeas, glazed carrots, marinated beets (including any liquid), chopped dates, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve the finished barley topped with the lemon yogurt. Garnish with the almonds and chopped parsley. Enjoy! 

Tips from Home Chefs

About Blue Apron

Ba hero

Blue Apron delivers original, step-by-step recipes and fresh ingredients to customers nationwide. Our menus change every week, so with each delivery you learn to cook inventive new dishes with seasonal ingredients. By letting us source these hard-to-find ingredients for you, you'll get food that is fresher and cheaper than you can get at your local supermarket, and there's no waste because we only send you what you need for each recipe.

We named our company “Blue Apron” because chefs around the world wear blue aprons when they're learning to cook, and it has become a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking. We believe you're never done learning in the kitchen, so we design our menus to ensure you're always learning new cooking techniques, trying new cuisines, and using unique ingredients.

Blue Apron is a weekly subscription service with no commitment - you can skip a week or cancel at any time with a week's notice. We can't wait to cook with you!

Get This Recipe Delivered
Cook the barley:
1 Cook the barley:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

2 Prepare the ingredients & marinate the beets:

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Drain and rinse the chickpeas; pat dry with paper towels. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice on an angle. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Peel the shallot and finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). On a paper towel-lined cutting board, medium dice the beets. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon purée, and 1 tablespoon of water; season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the chopped shallot, diced beets, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Prepare the ingredients & marinate the beets:
Cook the chickpeas:
3 Cook the chickpeas:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the drained chickpeas in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned (be careful, as the chickpeas may pop as they cook). Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly crispy. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

4 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the harissa paste; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add 2 tablespoons of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. 

Cook & glaze the carrots:
Finish the barley & serve your dish:
5 Finish the barley & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked barley, add the cooked chickpeas, glazed carrots, marinated beets (including any liquid), chopped dates, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve the finished barley topped with the lemon yogurt. Garnish with the almonds and chopped parsley. Enjoy!