The vegan diet is more than just cutting out animal-based foods. It is also a health-based lifestyle that seeks out the best ways to maximize nutrition. One way to do that is to swap out regular flour for chickpea flour.
Chickpea flour is a great source of fiber to help keep things moving smoothly. It is also an anti-inflammatory food and helps promote a healthy heart. It’s so much more than just a gluten-free flour replacement because it offers a ton of benefits on its own!
Here are seven killer recipes featuring the nutrition-packed flour.
Omelets are a delicious and fun way to sneak veggies into your breakfast. Instead of using eggs, make a swap with chickpea flour, instead. Just a warning, though: this recipe is packed with much more than an egg replacement. Nutritional yeast and turmeric not only give it a rich flavor but they also give the omelet some added nutrition.
Fritters are super fun to eat and a totally social food. These fritters are even better because they are absolutely brimming with flavor and nutrition, leaving little room for guilt. The Romesco Sauce is really the key here. It is made with fresh herbs, roasted red peppers, a dash of paprika and some vinegar. This recipe will probably become a favorite in your household!
Cookies are what childhood dreams are made of, but once we reach adulthood they become synonymous with guilt. These chickpea based cookies, however, will wipe the guilt away. Unlike many vegan cookie recipes, these are packed with flavor and the gooey essence that chocolate chip cookies are best known for. They are also naturally full of fiber so you can feel good with every bite you take.
This farinata is described as a “savory pancake” thanks to the sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives. Throw in a handful of chopped spinach to get a veggie-filled meal. It’s super easy to make, fiber-filled and delicious.
Quinoa burgers can sometimes be hit and miss, as quinoa tends to crumble under the first bite. These burgers, though, stay true to form, thanks to the chickpea flour. This particular recipe is loaded with flavor and held together by oats, chickpea flour, and quinoa. Some fresh herbs along with garlic and onions give it a rich taste.
If you have been looking for the opportunity to branch out in your repertoire, this is it. These crackers are a homemade delicacy that travels well and pleases the masses. Unlike traditional crackers, though, they are full of fiber so that they don’t get in the way of smooth digestion.
#7 Pizza Crust
Let’s be honest: pizza crust is the best part of the pizza. Unfortunately, it is usually loaded with gluten and not much else. This recipe takes care of all of that by using chickpea flour as the base. It’s super easy to make, sturdy, and equally delicious in its own right. There is no need to skip pizza night anymore!
Give chickpea flour a try with one of these recipes and you will surely want to add it into your regular rotation. Best of all, you won’t be sacrificing flavor, nutrition, or ease with any of these!
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and yummy spread for fresh bread, crackers, or tortilla chips, you’re in luck. This one combines tasty chickpeas with smooth avocado, and boosted with a good dose of baby spinach or arugula. Spread it on toast any time of day — even for breakfast, or scoop a little of the soft center from a fresh crusty baguette. It’s as good for everyday lunches as it is as a special occasion dip or spread. Makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Here’s a tasty chickpea chopped salad that may just become your go-to sandwich spread or wrap filling. Or, just add a scoop to a green salad to add protein. Filled with olives, cucumbers, peppers, and sunflower seeds, this is both comforting and crunchy all at once. It’s great for a portable lunch for work or school, too. Photos by Evan Atlas.
This simple and comforting vegan casserole will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off. To make this, pre-bake the butternut squash until the wide part with the seeds can be easily pierced, and the narrow part can be pierced with some resistance. For some tips, see How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Two superfoods — quinoa and maca root — combine in quinoa maca breakfast bowls that will fuel you for hours. Learn more about the benefits of maca and quinoa, and try another variation on a quinoa breakfast bowl if you like this one. No maca? No worries, this will be yummy and comforting if you choose to omit it. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
If anyone thought that going vegan means no satisfying comfort food, look no further than this list. Here are 8 great vegan burger recipes you can whip up this summer for a day by the pool, dinner, or whenever! Each of these has its own unique ingredients so you don’t have to worry about getting bored with same old vegan burger recipes. Mix it up, try them all! more→
Spring has sprung! The weather is finally warming up, and people are starting to mow their lawns again. We love spring because it brings a feeling of new life! However, it can feel a little disheartening if you keep cooking the same old winter food. Even though those hearty, heavy meals can be delicious, they have no place on your spring menu. Of course, many of us get busier in the spring. As our schedules pick up and we finish out our projects and work before summer hits, we have less and less time to cook. Thankfully, the crock pot exists. Rather than worrying about how you’ll cook this week, get out your slow cooker and stop wasting precious time cooking! OhMyVeggies has a bunch of crock pot vegetarian recipes, but here’s a list of some recipes just for spring.
Slow Cooker Corn Red Pepper Chowder
Everyone needs a good chowder recipe, and this one uses corn and red peppers to keep it light and delicious for spring!
Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker Corn Red Pepper Chowder
Slow Cooker Vegan White Bean Cassoulet
Although cassoulet is traditionally a meat dish, this recipe is totally vegan! It uses white beans, and it’s a delicious dish to make this spring.
Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker Vegan White Bean Cassoulet
Crock Pot Homemade Yogurt
If you’ve been missing yogurt since becoming a vegan (or maybe you’ve never had yogurt because you’ve always been vegan!), here’s a great opportunity. You can make your own vegan yogurt in your crock pot!
Find the recipe here: Crock Pot Homemade Yogurt
Crock Pot Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato basil soup is a classic, so it’s a perfect recipe to try out with your crock pot!
Find the recipe here: Crock Pot Tomato Basil Soup
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Spring isn’t just a time for vegetable meals. It’s also a great time to make some interesting treats! Here’s a great recipe for rice pudding that you can make in your slow cooker.
Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Vegetarian Collard Greens
In case you wanted collard greens as a vegan, here is a great recipe for you! It’s a perfect addition to your spring meals.
Find the recipe here: Vegetarian Collard Greens
Slow Cooker Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
You can also use your slow cooker to make your own jam! This special recipe features strawberry rhubarb jam, which is totally unique and great option for your transition from spring into summer.
Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
I could eat this for breakfast every day. Actually, I think I did just that for about a month after I cooked my first batch of coconut “bacon.” If you haven’t tried coconut bacon yet, you’re in for a treat. Recipe from Greens 24/7: More Than 100 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes for Eating Leafy Greens and Other Green Vegetables at Every Meal, Every Day by Jessica Nadel, © 2014. Photo by Jackie Sobon. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. more→
We love serving this pudding-like, fruity treat in pretty glasses or jars for a light breakfast or snack. If you want to fancy things up a bit, a dollop of coconut whipped cream is also great. Recipe and photos from The Great Vegan Protein Book by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. @2015, Fair Winds Press. Reprinted by permission. more→
This is a simple European–inspired breakfast cereal that is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand for a Quick breakfast. It’s especially great to take with you when traveling. I find the dates balance out the tartness of the cherries quite nicely, but you can substitute either with your favorite dried fruits, such as apricots, apples, and cranberries. Serve with chopped bananas, apples, or fresh berries and your favorite nut milk. See a cooked variation following the recipe box. Recipe and photo from Raw and Simple by Judita Wignall. @2013 Quarry Books, reprinted by permission. more→
Spring is here and it’s that time of year when you just want to jump into everything that’s fresh and green. So what better way to celebrate the season of renewal and rebirth than with some new healthy, green veggie sandwich recipes. Of course, with all the fun things to do now that the snow is finally gone, who wants to stay inside cooking.
That’s why these easy veggie sandwich recipes are so great for this time of year. They’re easy. They’re delicious. And they will help you start off the season with a fresh new diet. What could be better than that? more→
In these tasty beet and brown rice burgers, red wine vinegar is the secret ingredient, bringing a slightly floral and acidic note to the burger. Searing this delicate burger on high heat at the beginning of the cooking process is important; the crust that forms is what helps the burger keep its shape. Recipe from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way: Fresh, Flavorful and Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Burgers—Plus Toppings, Sides, Buns and More, copyright © Lukas Volger, 2010. Photo by Christina Heaston. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment, LLC. more→