I'm giving my oven a break. More specifically, I'm giving my air conditioning a break, since I have to turn it on every time I bake something in the kitchen. I would also like to note that I have the distinct pleasure of having an electric air conditioning/heater unit, which basically means that I pay more than average for cooling and heating. So maybe I should look into this no-oven business more in the future. Just sayin'.
In other news, I've had a few cans of chickpeas hiding out in my pantry for a while. I get into phases where I really want to make several different types of hummus. Interestingly enough though, I usually end up making one type and stopping right there...cut to the 3 extra cans of chickpeas in my cupboard. In the interest of switching things up from my normal chickpeas-are-used-for-hummus routine, I was inspired by The Simple Veganista to make a mashed chickpea salad. I then threw the mixture on a slice of bread, added some greens, and somehow decided to call this a sandwich. Obviously, you can use two slices of bread to make a more traditional sandwich, but I just wanted one the day I made this, sooooo that's what happened.
Mashed Chickpea Sandwich
adapted from The Simple Veganista
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup scallions, sliced
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup tahini or mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons stoneground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1-2 tablespoons almonds, chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- dash of garlic powder
- sea salt, to taste
- freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- handful of pea shoots (optional)
- 1 slice of bread
1) Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add them to a medium-sized bowl and roughly mash them with a fork, potato masher or pastry blender.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, except for the pea shoots, if using. Mix everything together until incorporated.
3) Taste the salad and adjust seasonings if necessary.
4) Toast the bread. Place as much salad as desired on the bread, then top of the pea shoots.
*If desired, use two slices of toasted bread to create a more traditional sandwich.