Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chickpea Flour "Eggs"



So this morning I wanted a hearty breakfast, and I wasn't in the mood to press a block of tofu and wait.  Instead, I remembered that vegans often use chickpea flour to make a batter that they then either make omelettes or scrambles out of.  I decided that sounded great, and that I needed to try one.  I did an internet search and found a good recipe for a mix that you can then use whenever you're in the mood.  I did some tweaking of my own to get it how I wanted it, and the results were spectacular!  You can make dinner omelettes out of this as well.  I made mine into a scramble.

Chickpea Scramble

To make the mix:

3 c. chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour)
5 T. ground flax
5 T. nutritional yeast
3 t. baking powder
2 t. salt-free seasoning
2 t. each garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper
1 t. turmeric powder


Mix well and store in an airtight container, if you use it every day there's no need to store in the fridge, but you can if you prefer.

Shake up mix, and combine one part mix to one part warm water, mix well, and let sit while you prepare your other ingredients.  1/3 c. mix is equal to a small omelette, so double for two, and etc.

Ingredients:

2 T. oil of preference
1 c. chopped mushrooms
1/4 c. each chopped green pepper and onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 vegan sausage patty, chopped (approx. 1/8-1/4 cup if using already ground variety)
4 T. grated vegan cheese (I like cheddar Daiya)
Chickpea Mix

Instructions:

Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.  Add chopped veggies and sausage to the pan, and stir fry for a minute or two until onions are translucent.  Add the chickpea mix and spread it out over the veggie/sausage mixture.  Scramble and cook until the chickpea batter is dry, approx 5 minutes depending on your stove.  Turn off the stove, and sprinkle the scramble with the cheese.  Let rest until cheese is melted.  Enjoy!

Notes:

This serves one person, so you'll need to double or triple depending on how many people you have.  I did find that if you add toast, two people could split this recipe, but who would want to?  ;)  When you add the batter to the pan, you can spread it out and instead of scrambling it, you can cook it whole and flip it.  Then you'll have the omelette instead of the scramble.  If you want to make an omelette I would suggest making it the same, except adding the sausage and cheese to the inside of the omelette before folding over.  Then when the cheese is melted inside, it's ready to serve.  You can use any variety of veggies and other ingredients you wish.  Spinach, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, etc. would all be good.  Be creative!
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