a big bowl of winter warming goodness please…
Chickpeas. The benefits are endless. An amazing source of fibre which is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Protein packed and full of other nutrients including magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin c, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. They are a very versatile ingredient to be used in cooking and baking (will share with you some chickpea brownies soon). Cheap to buy, chickpeas can be eaten hot, cold, canned, dried or roasted. And praise the lord for hummus! Also did you know, the juice (aquafaba) that chickpeas sit in when they are canned have a variety of uses as well. One being an egg white alternative. Perfect for making plant based meringues.
I could go on, but enough about chickpeas. This gluten-free, dairy-free and meat-free dish is so easy to make and requires no culinary skills. It’s a perfect dish to chuck in the oven and forget about (well for half an hour). You can adjust the tomato-y sauce to your spice preference and cut your vegetables into shapes and sizes of choice. For example cut the aubergines into tiny chunks and your aubergine hating guest won’t even realise they’re eating them!
This dish is super filling and leaves you feeling satisfied for a long time, mainly because of the chickpeas. I either serve with bulgur wheat (cooked in vegetable stock), rice or kale for it to be a little lighter. I also think it would be lovely with pasta. Coriander would probably be nice on top, but coriander is the devil and won’t be found in our kitchen.
Again this is a great dish for batch cooking. Plus I’ve tasted it on toast the next morning for breakfast and it was so good! (don’t judge)
feeds 4 – 5 people
takes approx. 40 minutes in total.
2 small red onions or 1 large
1 red pepper
2 cans of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
2 cans of tinned tomatoes
3 garlic cloves (crushed/chopped)
1 tablespoon of paprika
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
salt and pepper
oil of choice (I used olive)
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
2. Chop courgettes, peppers and aubergines into chunks and place onto baking tray or 2 with chickpeas.
3. Give your veg a drizzle of oil, pinch of salt and pepper and shake about before placing in oven for around 25-30 minutes.
4. Whilst your veg is roasting, heat a pan on a medium heat with some oil. Saute your onions and garlic until browned then add your tinned tomatoes, paprika, tomato puree, maple syrup and chilli flakes.
5. When your veg is cooked take out of the oven and place into the pan with your sauce.
5. Stir well and season with salt and pepper.
6. Bring to the boil and then reduce the temperature to low and leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
7. Serve with ingredients of your choice.
Feel free to adjust quantities of vegetables to your liking.
Leftovers will last in fridge for 3 days.
Please let me know your thoughts 🙂