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Chickpea & Soy Curl Curry

IMG_4114This is a delicious vegan twist on Indian Butter Chicken inspired by a Vegan Richa recipe.  The chicken is replaced by soy curls, which have a creepily similar texture to chicken.  Creaminess from the cashew cream replaces the butter.  This is currently one of my 9 year old’s favorite meals!  Serve over rice, quinoa, or with indian bread.

  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 green pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5.5 oz soy curls
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2/3 cup cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp more garam masala for later
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Purée tomatoes, garlic, ginger, green pepper and water.

In an InstantPot, pressure cooker, or soup pot, combine purée, spices, soy curls and chickpeas.  Cook in InstantPot or pressure cooker for 11 minutes or cook on stove until soy curls are tender.

While that is cooking, puree cashews and water.

Once the soy curl/chickpea mixture is done, add in cashew cream, additional garam masala, ground mustard and green pepper.  Cook until heated through (use sauté feature if using InstantPot).  Serve over rice or quinoa and garnished with cilantro.


Roasted Tomatillo & Chickpea Curry

This was a surprise favorite of everyone in the house, even the skeptical 8 year old.  Tastes like an Indian dish – maybe I should call it Chana Tomatillo.

This was a fairly easy dish that we served over rice (1 cup brown rice to go with this amount) with a side of sauteed kale.  This made 3-4 servings.  Next time I will double this for more yummy leftovers.

Modified from a chef de home recipe.

  • 1 lb tomatillos, husk removed and washed, whole
  • 1 anaheim/poblano/other pepper, whole
  • 1 onion, chopped into 8ths
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt (1/2 tsp if your chickpeas are salted), or to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cans chickpeas (I used unsalted), somewhat mashed if desired
  • 1/4 cup water

Prepare a baking pan with foil and turn the oven broiler on high.  Place whole tomatillos, whole pepper, and onion chunks on the pan.  Broil for about 10 minutes, flipping everything over halfway through.  Cool and then remove charred skin, stems, seeds, etc.

Combine roasted tomatillos, pepper, onion, cilantro, oregano and salt in a blender or food processor and pulse until the consistency of a well chopped salsa.

In a dry sauce pan, roast curry powder over medium heat for a minute.  Add tomatillo salsa mixture, coconut milk, chickpeas, and water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

My daughter and I first tried a version of these at our local natural grocery store at a food demo.  I modified them to suit my needs and they are a favorite in our house.  Messy to eat but so delicious.  And it’s super quick and easy – no cooking involved!

Don’t skip the peanut sauce as a topping!  Amazing.


  • 2 cans chickpeas (I used unsalted), drained
  • 1/4 cup scallions or green parts of green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary, pulverized with a mortar and pestle (or fresh if you have it!)
  • 2 Tbsp white (or red) wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt (omit if chickpeas are salted)
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Peanut Sauce for topping

Combine everything in a bowl.  Serve room temperature with lettuce leaves and peanut sauce.  Make a mess trying to eat, but enjoy every moment of it!

Topped Sweet Potatoes

You really can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes, in my opinion.  But these interestingly flavored toppings really dress them up.  What a delicious combination!!  Thanks to my friend Kristyn for sending the inspiration for this my way.


  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat parsley leaves
  • 1/8+ tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tahini**
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp dill weed
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1/2 tsp salt, if chickpeas are unsalted
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 large sweet potatoes

There are a four of different parts going on here.  Read the whole recipe and decide how you want to tackle this.  I made the tomato-parsley relish and tahini sauce in advance and put it in the refrigerator until I needed it.

Combine tomato-parsley relish ingredients in one bowl.  Refrigerate until serving.

Whisk together tahini sauce ingredients in a bowl, adding enough water to get a good sauce-like consistency.  Refrigerate until serving.  (This is a REALLY strong tasting sauce.  I didn’t like it plain, but it paired amazingly well with the sweet potato!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and place cut face down on a baking sheet prepared with parchment, foil, or oil.  Bake for 1 hour+ or until soft.

Combine chickpea ingredients in a glass baking dish.  Cover and bake for the last 20 minutes of the sweet potatoes.

To serve, place one sweet potato half on a plate.  In place, coarsely chop or mash the insides for easier eating.  Top with chickpeas, tomato relish and sauce.  Or just serve with the chickpeas on top and place the relish and sauce on the table for self service.  YUM.

**Chef’ note – If you have a Vitamix or high-powered blender, you probably don’t bother buying the more expensive tahini when sesame seeds are so cheap!  Combine 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/2 cup water, and the lemon juice in your vitamix and blend well, tamping as needed.  If you need to add more water, go for it.  Then add in the garlic and salt.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer to a bowl and add the dill and stir well.  Refrigerate until serving.  Because the powerful vitamix tends to really heat things up, this will definitely need refrigeration after!

Roasted Chickpea and Broccoli Burritos

This mixture was delicious and perfect in tortillas of your choice (or on it’s own, if you want!).


  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 Tbsp reduced sodium tamari (my chickpeas were unsalted – you may want to back off on this if yours are salted)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large head broccoli, chopped into small bite-size pieces
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice

Preheat oven to 425.  Combine everything except lime juice and garlic on a baking sheet and toss well.  Bake 20 minutes then add garlic and lime juice and toss well again.  Bake another 15 – 20 minutes or until everything is done to your liking.  It’s ok if the broccoli gets blackened.

Serve in tortillas, or as you wish.  You may top with avocados, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, or whatever.  But, I thought it was just perfect plain!


Modified from this Thug Kitchen recipe.  Don’t read the original recipe if you are easily offended…  😉

Asian Chickpea Salad

I’m a sucker for chickpea salads.  So delicious in a pita or wrap or on bread.  Here’s another delightful one!  Love the Asian peanuty twist!  For a more filling sandwich, you could even add some chopped peanuts.


  • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained, then mashed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 green onions, green parts only, chopped
  • 1 cup diced red cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp reduced sodium tamari, or to taste
  • 1 tsp honey or liquid sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar

Combine mashed chickpeas, carrots, celery, green onions, red cabbage and sesame seeds.

Whisk together second ingredient list.  Pour dressing over the salad and stir well until completely combined.  Serve in a pita or wrap or on bread, topped with lettuce or any other salad fixins.

Chickpea Nuggets

This is a combination of a couple of similar recipes, most similar to a Veganomicon one.  My daughter thought they were awesome and insisted on calling them chicken nuggets.  She enjoyed them with some ketchup, while the grownups enjoyed them plain, served with some healthy mashed potatoes and citrus collards.

I forgot to take a picture! (Next time!)  But, honestly, they don’t look like much….  brown nugget looking things.  😉  But they are yummy and kid approved!

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425.

Smush chickpeas until well smushed but not pureed, using either a fork or a food processor “pulsing.”  Add remaining ingredients.

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Form mixture into small nugget sized patties.  Cook about 10 – 15 minutes on each side.  If you don’t feel like flipping, don’t.  (I flipped half and not the other half to see and there wasn’t a ton of difference.)  Allow to cool on baking sheet about 10 minutes before serving.  Yum!