Meatless Monday with Vegan Gluten-Free Jerk Chickpeas
Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another installment of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.
You may think that becoming vegan means never enjoying some of your favourite dishes again but today’s vegan jerk chickpeas fills in perfectly for the traditional chicken variety. And it’s deliciously nutritious and gluten-free to boot! This inventive recipe come courtesy of Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen.
Vegan Gluten-Free Jerk Chickpeas Ingredients (serves 4):
- 3 – 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (see directions)
- 2 tbsp tamari (can use coconut aminos for soy-free option)
- 1 tbsp olive oil (optional, can omit for oil-free version)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 ¼ tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
- 2 large garlic cloves, grated
- Few pinches red chili flakes (between 1/8 – ¼ tsp, or more if desired, I find 1/8 tsp is just right for me, but go for more if you want!)
- 2 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
- ¾ – 1 cup chopped or sliced red bell pepper (see notes)
- 3/4 cup green onions, sliced (white and green portions, see notes)
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (for finishing, optional, see notes)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a baking dish (I use an 8 by 12-inch), combine all the ingredients (starting with 3 tablespoons of the lime juice) except the chickpeas, red bell peppers (see notes), green onions, and cilantro. Stir until well mixed. Then add the chickpeas, red peppers, and green onions and stir again.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, stir, and bake uncovered for another 5 to 8 minutes, stirring again about halfway through, until the marinade has partially absorbed into the chickpeas.
- Taste; if you’d like more tang, add another 1⁄2 to 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and stir well, along with any reserved green onions and fresh cilantro. Serve over rice, or in pita breads or tortillas with sliced avocados and with extra squeezes of lime juice, if desired.
- Serve with brown rice and/or other accompaniments.
- If This Apron Could Talk: If you’d like to keep the texture and color of the red pepper a little firmer and vibrant, add after about the first 10 to 15 minutes of baking, and stir in. Ditto for the green onions.
- Ingredients 411: If you reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons of the greenish portion of the green onions, chop them finely and use to sprinkle over the finished dish. Or you can use 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro or parsley to add a perk of color and freshness.
Even though there may seem to be a lot of ingredients, it’s well worth the effort. Don’t forget, feel free to increase the heat according to your palate.
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