Remember how I was saying that most of my recipes have some kind of story behind them? Well, the story behind this particular recipe is my vain. Not something to brag about really, but it is what it is. How can vain be responsible for my dinner, you ask? Well, it’s my shoes… Obviously!
A few days before making this dinner I wore my really comfortable shoes to work. I then changed into more appropriate and less comfortable heels in the office and forgot to switch my footwear when I went home. Follow me so far? Then the next day I went back to work with intention of getting my comfy shoes back. I remembered to make the switch before the end of the workday and happily was on my way home when I happened to glance at myself in the elevator. And this is where my vain comes into play. These really comfortable wedges really (and I mean really) did not go with the dress I was wearing. I could not (I repeat, could not) go to my local supermarket looking like this. But I had nothing substantial in my fridge, so I spent the next half an hour on the subway thinking of what I could cook for dinner that would be satisfying and, most importantly, easy.
I could do pasta, that’s always something that we have on hand, but I just finished the last piece of cheese and I love cheese with pasta. I could do simple eggs, which I love, but I had no meat or potatoes to go with them. I could do my Sweet and Spicy French Toast, but I somehow wasn’t really into breakfast for dinner. And this is when my mind wondered about what I had in my pantry and I remembered about a whole case of cans of chickpeas that I bought from Costco.
So, I came home and quickly made these little patties. They took only a few minutes to mix together using my trusty food processor. I didn’t go crazy adding various flavours, I just wanted something quick and easy. I had them with plain greek yogurt and some avocado and lemon juice. It was light and satisfying. My husband had them with salsa and we both liked these morsels.
Easy Chickpea Patties
makes about 12-15 depending on their size
Canned chickpeas – 1 can (540 ml)
Parsley – 4 or 5 sprigs (or more)
Egg – 1 large
Mrs Dash No Salt Original Blend – 1 teaspoon (or any other seasoning of your choice)
Cayenne pepper – 1/2 teaspoon (optional
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Drain the chickpeas really well.
- Place drained chickpeas and all other ingredients into a food processor and process until uniform in texture.
- Shape patties and place on a baking sheet catered with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 30 min or until patties are firm.
- You may want to broil for 2-3 minutes to give the patties a tiny bit of colour.
- Sprinkle with some lemon juice and serve with yogurt.