Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More Chickpeas, Shopping List, Vida Vegan Conference

Curried chickpea burgers with cranberry chutney and cultured almond cheese

A Chickpea Story continues. I make leftovers out of leftovers and it's a good thing because $3.33 a day does not go very far these days. Wow. I am hoping for some inspiration to make something interesting, and I do have it, I just don't have all of the ingredients to make what I want to make. I'm not sure if shopping once a week is better than shopping more often? It seems I may be more creative if I shop daily; ride my bike to the store so I'm not wasting resources? 

I'm getting very low on spices, but didn't fit them in the budget this week. I will need to make a trip to the bulk spice store soon. Most health food stores sell spices in bulk. They are often much better quality and often organic and so much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. I spice heavily, so this is a very good thing!

So, for the burger above, the other day I made some curried chickpeas with potatoes and collards. I had ( and still have ) some leftovers, so I mixed them with dried oats and let the mixture sit for a couple of days. Today, I formed them into patties and cooked them up in my cast iron. I had cranberry chutney on hand as well as my almond cheese which turned into a delicious sauce for the burger. I crumbled it up and wrapped it up in a chickpea flatbread with lettuce and onions. Pretty good if I do say so myself.

This curried chickpea dish is going to be used in yet another way either tonight or tomorrow. I'm not sure if my son is sleeping here or at his dads house tonight, but if he's going to be here for dinner, I'm going to puree the mixture and thin it out with some rice pasta cooking water and use it for a sauce for Spicy Noodles. I'll add siracha and sesame seeds. I'll also saute up some Sesame Seitan for him ( I will just have the noodles ) and steam some broccoli.

Can you believe my younger son does not like chickpeas? I sneak them into his food by pureeing them. He loves hummus now; for years he wouldn't touch the stuff. I believe very strongly in trying food you don't like once or twice a year to see if your palate has changed. That's how he realized he loved hummus. 

I think I mentioned it before, but I'll pimp the Vida Vegan Conference again!  I'm going to be speaking there along with a bunch of awesome people including Urban Vegan, Bryanna Clark Grogan and many more! Jess of Get Sconed has helped to organize this and it's going to be so cool.  Do try to make it if you can. It's in Portland, OR August 26 - 28. 

Here's what I bought at the store yesterday. I have $5.00 left for the week and I'll need to buy beans and veggies with it. 

  • Almonds
  • Soymilk
  • Coffee ( I just can't give it up. I'm down to 1 cup a day )
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Garlic 
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mustard
I've got a pot of French Lentil Soup on the stove. It will act as a filler for meals/lunches.  

Have a great day people! I'll post my other shopping lists... ( I just need to find my receipts .. I carry way too many camera bags instead of purses! )


  1. i love how you stretch the dollars in a healthy way.

    i may be able to make it to the conference if i still live in the area.

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  3. I totally agree with your statement about being a more creative cook when you shop daily. I have that same experience! I'm a terrible meal planner, though, so when I go on a large shopping trip once a week, I often come home a lot more in debt but with hardly any ingredients that would form a meal. When I lived in San Francisco, shopping daily was just what everyone did. I wish the culture was similar here in Columbus, but we don't have markets on every street corner, just a lot of chain groceries. To counter that, though, we have awesome independent stores and restaurants!

    I'm so sorry your son doesn't like chickpeas, but I can sympathize. Some days I think my oldest daughter doesn't like anything! Kids and their eating habits are an uncrackable code!

  4. I just found your blog and think its great. How did you get your son to like the food?

  5. Veggielvr, I have always fed my kids like this so they are used to it... they ate vegetables before eating fruit and I never made a big deal out of mealtime nor did I really indulge them if they didn't like the food I made.

  6. Just wondering about your chickpea burgers. The curried chickpeas look pretty dry, do you blend the material? or just add something to moisten them together?