If you follow my Instagram stories, then you might have seen my many failed attempts at trying to make ladyfinger cookies. Traditional ladyfingers are made with whipped egg whites, so I thought, that's an easy peasy sub, just use our new friend aquafaba. It turns out these cookies were not my friends and did not want to cooperate. So after 3 failed attempts, 8 spongey cookies consumed, and a mountain of leftover chickpeas, I had to form a new plan of attack. Creamy Lemon Pepper Chickpeas! And what a lovely plan it was.
When it comes to cooking, I truly think the mistakes tend to guide you (if you let them), this unintended recipe, was a very, very, very good idea! Just 20 minutes to make this easy, creamy, zesty lemon, peppery, totally addictive chickpea dish.
Holy smokes these chickpeas are delicious! It took everything in me not to polish off the entire pan myself. Perfect as a side served with salad and some potatoes or rice, spooned over pasta, or as a scrumptious open faced sandwich on top of toast. You're going to want these saucy chickpeas everywhere!
More news: Now that my cookbook Fuss-Free Vegan has been released for pre-order (OMG still losing it with excitement!!!), I have a bit more time on my hands so you're going to see things changing and improving on the blog, starting with today's new recipe layout. What do you think? Notice the cool new feature where you can change the servings, then the recipe sorts out the math for you! I 'm diggin' it.
To make Creamy Lemon Pepper Chickpeas: Sauté the onions and garlic until they are translucent and beginning to brown. Then sprinkle in the flour and stir and cook for an additional 30 seconds to heat up the flour.
Add in the vegetable broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper, and stir scraping up the bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add in the chickpeas and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens, then stir in the coconut milk. If you find your sauce a little too thick, you can add more broth to thin, and if you find your sauce a little too thin, just cook down a bit more. Garnish with cilantro or parsley before serving.
CREAMY LEMON PEPPER CHICKPEAS
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, (gluten-free if preferred)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1, 19oz can chickpeas (about 2 cups), drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
- small handful cilantro or parsley, chopped
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onion turns translucent and begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle in the flour and stir and cook for an additional 30 seconds to heat up the flour. Now add the vegetable broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove on any stuck on bits. Stir in the chickpeas and bring to a simmer. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
- Stir in the coconut milk. If you find your sauce a little too thick, you can add more broth to thin, and if you find your sauce a little too thin, just cook down a bit more. Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve hot.
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