You wouldn't think tuna salad would be something a person would miss after going vegetarian/vegan, but every now and then, I crave it, and I want something simple - no cooking required! This recipe is perfect for a picnic; quick lunch; or a fast, light dinner. Chickpeas resemble the texture of tuna when you pulse them in a food processor. Spread this on some toasted bread with green leaf lettuce or dip into it with crackers. The best part? It's cholesterol and mercury free and super yummy!
Sometimes you just want a simple, good sandwich that doesn't involve faux deli slices. I keep a tin of chickpeas on hand for just such occassions, and never make it exactly the same way twice...but this is generally a combo of ingredients and flavours I enjoy. I also like to add in a bit of flax oil, just to get my omegas in. Served on some toasted bread, this is a quick and satisfying lunch.
This is a twist on the usual spinach salad. It's fast and easy to prepare. You can make it more substansial by adding 3-4 cups of cooked pasta (like rotelle). I prefer to use red peppers in place of the green. Recipe comes from Betty Crocker's "Easy Meatless Dishes".
I'm always looking for new vegetarian dinners. This is a pretty simple recipe, but the key is to get the avocado and mango at just the right ripeness...Years ago I used to eat at a restaurant that had a killer black bean quesadilla that they served on a blue corn tortilla. I've looked everywhere for blue tortillas for this recipe because I think it would really make the ingredients stand out, but for now it works pretty well with a regular flour tortilla.
Flavorful, filling, healthy and delicious, this is more colorful and interesting than basic beans and rice...kidneys, black beans, garbanzos, spices and a dollop of peanut butter make this dish awesome, and it's easy to make! Seems a bit thicker than a stew to me. Oh, and my toddler loves it!
The humble chickpea is low in fat, rich in fibre, complex carbohydrate, and protein, and is a good source of calcium, iron and B vitamins.
I'm not a huge fan of canned soups, but they do have their uses sometimes!
This sauce could be used with anything, but goes well with chickpeas and new potatoes. Paneer cheese is also delicious.
From The Very Easy Vegetarian Cookbook, Alison & Simon Holst.
This makes a great lunch or snack and is low-fat. Great for bringing to work or school and can be eaten hot or cold. I like it with Braggs sprinkled on top (but I'm known to add braggs to any rice or couscous dish for extra flavour!). Could also add some cooked chicken to make a main dish, maybe with a side green salad or additional steamed veggies.
A Canadian Living recipe. This is very easy to make. I do find it just a bit sticky before cooking. You can add variety by adding grated carrots or sunflower seeds. Great if served with on really good bread such as focaccia topped with sprouts, tomatoes and sour cream.