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Meat Lite: Tuna-Chickpea Spread

A well-stocked pantry can really bail you out of a meal time jam. This super easy but delicious spread is based on two items no Serious Eater should ever be without: imported canned tuna packed in olive oil and canned chickpeas. Mix in a few other kitchen staples, and in no time you have a healthy, versatile dip or filling that works as a party snack with flatbread, a satisfying sandwich filling, or a flavorful stuffing for jarred piquillo peppers.

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at

Editor's note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by the book coauthored by the two, Almost Meatless, due out in spring 2009.

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