This chickpea salad spread has two options. It can be prepared as “chicken” salad or “tuna” salad substitutes. See “tuna” flavor salad add-in options below under the ingredients section.
Ingredients:Of course substitutions can be made for many of these ingredients, but this list serves as a general guideline.
One 15 ounce can of chickpeas (or 1 1/2 cup home cooked), drained and rinsed
1 stalk of celery
1 green onion (or 2 TBS red/white/yellow onion or 1 scallion), finely chopped
1 – 2 TBS tahini (or homemade vegan mayo or any dressing of your choice)
1 1/2 tsp mustard of choice
1/4 cup of nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc)
1 – 2 TBS dried cranberries
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
dash of paprika
salt and pepper, to your liking
Add-ins for the “tuna” flavor:One or the other will do just fine
1 sheet of nori seaweed, crumbled
4 mini sheets of any nori seaweed snacks
1/2 – 1 tsp of kelp powder
Add all the ingredients to a food processor then mix/chop. Or mash the chickpeas with a fork and then add remaining ingredients.
I offered the chickpea “chicken” version salad to someone who had never tried anything similar to this before. I was informed that he was not a fan of hummus. I put the spread into a tortilla wrap with avocado and jalapenos. After the first bite, the response was, “Not bad.” But when the plate was empty, he asked for the recipe.
Yes, vegan meringue is possible using aquafaba. Aquafaba is the left over water after cooking dried beans or legumes. The only one I’ve ever used is that which I have after cooking chickpeas/garbanzo beans. I think chickpea water is the most popular one for most recipes. (See the aquafaba recipe below.)
I cannot eat pure sugar, so these cookies are not for me, but I wanted to make a dessert that my daughters might enjoy and for those of you who might enjoy them too. But really, I just wanted to try to try a substitute for egg whites to create a meringue cookie. And it works great!
Oh, and before you get started, the recipe below calls for the use of a pastry bag with a star (decorative) end. You can use a pastry bag with a hole cut in the bottom. Or simply use a spoon to plop the meringue onto the cookie sheets. Don’t worry…these cookies will taste the same once baked no matter what “shape” they are in.
Vegan Meringue Cookies
3/4 cup aquafaba
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated, demerara, or turbinado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt (optional)
Food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (or lowest setting). If your oven won't go that low, keep the over door ajar.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment pape.
Whip the aquafaba and the cream of tartar together for about 3 - 4 minutes.
Gradually add in sugar (about 1 TBS at a time, allowing it to dissolve between additions), vanilla and salt, if using. (and any other flavorings, see notes below). Continue to beat for about 5 additional minutes.
3. Add in food coloring, just a few drops at one time. (It won't require much.)
Mixture should begin to form stiff peaks and it will actually become thick, fluffy and shiny. (Just make sure that all the sugar is dissolved.)
Fill a large pastry bag fitted with a large star end (or whatever you have and can even just cut a small hole in the end of the bag).
Fill the bag with meringue and pipe onto baking sheets. (Note: These cookies will not spread.)
Bake in the over for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off after time has elapsed, but do not open the door. Allow the cookies to cool completely with the door closed for 1 to 2 hours.
1. I added ginger spice to my last batch and thought it made a good addition.
2. You can also use a dehydrator after the hour or so baking in the oven. Some say that you can use a dehydrator for the whole baking process, but I have not tried that yet.
Once baked and cooled, the cookies will be crispy. Store in an airtight container to keep away from moisture or they will lose their crispiness. Also, keep them away from heat because they will melt.
Leftover Vegan Meringue…
I had left over meringue, so I decided to make vegan lemon meringues desserts. Not pie, because I didn’t want to make a crust. I used this recipe . This recipe also contains good tips on making the lemon curd thicker (such as using agar agar flakes). I simply used the basic recipe even without the vegan butter. There is also a link to vegan pie crust recipe and suggestions for store-bought brands.
I always like to keep aquafaba available for use in some requires that list eggs as an ingredient. I often use aquafaba in pancakes and cookies. But, if I don’t use the aquafaba right away, I freeze some in ice cube trays for later use.
How to make aquafaba
I enjoy using chickpeas in many recipes, therefore, I always have aquafaba on hand. I think chickpeas and pinto beans are my favorite legumes. Although, I’ve never used pinto aquafaba in any recipes…I supposed that you could, but it would give it a pink tint for sure.
I prefer to soak the chickpeas overnight (or at least 8 hours).
Note: The cooking times below refer to soaked chickpeas.
Drain off the soaking water, prior to cooking.
Instantpot: Cover with 1 inch of water. Stovetop: Cover with 2 inches of water.
Instantpot: Cook for 13 minutes.
Stovetop: Bring to boil for 1 minute, then simmer on low for about an hour.
I usually use a spoon to remove some of the froth that appears in the pot after cooking.
Strain the aquafaba into a container for later use.
Ta da! Chickpea Aquafaba
I usually put the chickpeas into the freezer for later use in soups, salads, hummus, and stir-fries.
This technique makes creating a mid-day lunch or dinner snack easy. It also helps with creating a variety in your meals.
What I like to do is put various toppings together into containers and add the salad dressing too. Ideally, choose any ingredients that you would like to marinate in the salad dressing. For me, this is everything other than nuts and soft lettuces, but I will add kale and cabbages because they are tougher lettuces.
Toppings in this photo: beans – edamame and chickpeas, fresh sweet corn, zucchini, artichokes, bell peppers and olives.
Tex-Mex is my favorite without a doubt. I really enjoy corn tortillas, and my preference is organic corn tortillas. Yet, it’s so difficult to find organic corn tortillas or the right organic corn meal (masa) to make my own tortillas (still looking though). But this tortilla recipe is just as satisfying. It’s very mild tasting so it would make a good wrap for anything you wish to put inside.
The original recipe is from Elavegan, but when I didn’t have any chickpea flour I decided to try fresh, cooked chickpeas instead – and it worked!
As you may already know, I live in Texas. Houston has been my home for my entire life. (Actually now I live in Pearland, but if I just drive for 5 minutes I’m back in the Houston areas.) Therefore, it should be no surprise that my favorite dishes are “Tex-Mex” combinations which include lots of beans, rice, salsa, guacamole, corn, grilled onions, etc. Yeah, I know, you might be thinking…”What about the cheese?” Well I don’t eat cheese anymore, (gasp), and I don’t miss it one bit.
This is my chance to add a little nutrition/health info…so I’m going to do just that.
I grew up eating cheese and many dairy products (ever heard of Borden milk and Blue Bell ice cream?) I never imagined my life without cheese/dairy. But about a decade ago, when my allergies had become unbearable…I decided to test the theory that perhaps the milk and cheeses were causing most of my issues…and that was exactly the case.
But, since that’s the only change that I made during that time and the fact that I haven’t been bothered by seasonal allergies since then….well one thing is for sure – the milk and the cheeses didn’t agree with my body. I had these issues since a small child and they disappeared when I took milk and cheeses out of my diet. The relief that I now experience makes up for any losses I initially felt when I gave up dairy.
For you – Do you battle seasonal allergies? If so, I suggest that you try changing your diet by removing dairy from your diet. You will know in a matter of weeks whether it’s had a positive affect.
I won’t try to explain the science behind it all. Just some basic principles. I talk about this more in the online courses and in some of the nutrition blog posts too. Here is the recipe:
This is my go-to recipe for breakfast (in addition to a morning smoothie which I usually have while cooking pancakes). Notice there aren’t any sweeteners, gums or extra fillers in this gluten-free recipe. Just the basic ingredients and I enjoy them with unsulphured molasses, a touch of maple syrup and cold-pressed flax seed oil (an optional boost of Omega-3’s).
Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup millet flour 2 TBS ground flax seeds (can add up to 4 TBS) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) 2 cups nut milk (or water will work just as well) 2 tsp baking powder
Heat a hot griddle or skillet over low to medium heat.
Mix all ingredients together well, except for the baking powder
Allow to sit about 2 – 3 minutes for the flax seeds to help bind the mixture. (The ground flax seeds is a plant-based substitution for eggs.)
Add a bit more nut milk or water to attain the consistency needed to pour the pancake batter onto a griddle.
Add baking powder and mix slightly. ( You can add another tablespoon of water to help the powder dissolve easily.)
Add just a touch of oil if needed(I prefer coconut oil when needed) to your griddle or skillet.
Cook the pancakes. (They should be easy to pour from the bowl and form round circles on the cooking surface. If not, you can use a spoon to spread a bit or add more liquid).
Note: I make my own buckwheat and millet flours using a Vitamix grain container that has a specific blade for grinding grains.
Suggestion: Mix all the dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, add liquid of choice in 1:1 ratio of dry mix. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Then, if using, add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Cook on hot griddle.
I think I have been creating these all along prior to the term “Buddha Bowl” becoming popular. This is my second “go to” option when trying to determine what to eat next. My first is plant-based Tex-Mex meals. (I live in Texas y’all!)
The Buddha Bowl I prepared today uses quinoa as the base! I love quinoa for so many reasons and healthy ones too. It’s gluten-free and high in protein (a concern for some when embarking on a plant-based eating plan). I had roasted sweet potatoes using my favorite recipe. I had a bunch of colorful Swiss chard that I needed to prepare and hummus (which I practically keep on hand at all times). So I threw all of these “leftovers” together and created a very satisfying lunch.
pre-soak 1 – 2 hours for better nutrient absorption
Diced and seasoned with cumin, turmeric, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic (sprinkled on as you like). Toss with a little coconut oil (barely oil them) and bake 350 – 400 degrees Farenheit
Saute green onions and bell peppers in water until soft. Add tomatoes and Swiss chard until wilted. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top
Seasonings: cumin, lemon juice, tahini, roasted red peppers, salt/pepper and sometimes olives
Hey, here are some ingredient ideas for a Tex-Mex Budha Bowl!
I usually cook a large batch of beans and freeze whatever I don’t use immediately. So, for this recipe the only ingredient that I had to make was the “Not-So” Cheese Sauce that I found in the Vitamix recipe book. If you have the opportunity to purchase a Vitamix you should definitely do so. You won’t regret it. I think I’ve owned mine for about 7 years and the only part I have replaced is the rubber top recently because it wasn’t fitting as snugly as it did when I first purchased it (6 years ago).
I pulled these tacos together rather quickly. The corn tortillas are Tortilla Land brand that I find in my local. The are uncooked and I prepare them on the griddle that I keep on the left side of my stove-top mostly for this purpose (and cooking pancakes just as often).
Tortilla Land corn tortillas (or make your own using masa flour)
black beans (red beans or pinto beans would also be good, canned is fine – just rinse them)
I used sliced zucchini in place of the noodles and created my own version of cashew cream sauce in place of cheese. This is a meat free dish, but feel free to use a meat sauce if you prefer.
I prepared this in a small 5 x 7 casserole dish. Makes 2 servings.
Ingredients: 2 medium size zucchini, sliced thin lengthwise 2 – 3 carrots, shredded or sliced 1/4 of a colored bell pepper, chopped 5 – 6 dehydrated tomato slices (my preference) or sun-dried tomatoes 15 ounce pasta sauce from a jar or make your own (See “Really Quick Pasta Sauce” option below.)
1 cup of cashews, soaked at least 30 minutes and no longer than 30 would be ideal 1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 fresh sprigs of parsley or 1/2 TBS dried parsley garlic and onion powders, 1/8 tsp or less of each Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste
other optional ingredients: yellow squash, mushrooms, grilled onions Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Create cashew sauce by pureeing drained cashews with lemon juice, herbs and spices. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper also. I would start with 1/4 tsp of salt. You can add a little water (or stock) if needed to thin. Set aside.
Using a mandolin slicer, slice the zucchini lengthwise.
Spread a small amount of pasta sauce on the bottom the casserole dish.
Create layers with zucchini, cashew sauce, vegetables, pasta sauce then repeat again and end with zucchini and pasta sauce.
Cover with parchment paper, oven-safe lid or covering of your choice and bake for about 30 minutes.
Top with fresh herbs like parsley or basil and serve.
Really Quick Pasta Sauce: This is a pasta sauce that I would use to create pizza sauce, but it was very handy when I needed a sauce for this dish and I didn’t have much time.
Using a high-speed blender (I use a Vitamix), blend the following ingredients:
I’m going to give you the basic recipe…then some ideas on the add-ins to achieve different flavors
Dehydrator – Before
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup psyllium husks
3/4 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend until smooth.
Spread onto teflon sheets of a dehydrator and follow dehydrator’s instructions. I set my Nesco dehydrator at 135 degrees F.
Note: Sometimes I set higher … depending on how quickly I want to eat these. These can be dehydrated at a temperature lower than 115 degrees F to preserve enzymes and if you still want to consider the crackers to be RAW.
Add-ins for flavoring:
ginger and turmeric about (1/8 – 1/4 tsp each)
stevia (1/4 tsp), agave*, coconut sugar* or honey* for sweetness (1 tsp)
garlic powder and Italian seasonings (1/8 – 1/4 tsp each)*
curry and ginger spices (about 1/8 – 1/4 each)
taco seasonings (1/4 to 1/2 total in spices) – use a mix or cumin, garlic, chili powder, etc *