Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Chickpea Sensation Patties or VeganMoFo Day 6
We soaked and cooked some chickpeas this weekend so I decided to finally make the Chickpea Sensation Patties from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. I had some summer squash to use up so I sauteed them with some onions, which always reminds me of Rob's grandmother since she always served us squash from her garden this way. I used up all the potatoes yesterday which is a shame because these patties scream mashed potatoes and gravy. There is brown rice in the cutlets so I didn't want to serve them with rice and I should have gone with quinoa, but I went with pasta instead. We are still trying to stay on a pretty tight budget food-wise so we are down to one bag of whole wheat bow tie pasta. I used the rest of the green beans and covered it all with Thick 'n' Rich Gravy also from EDaBV. These patties are great. We liked them better than the Veganomicon Chickpea Cutlets. I thought the V-con cutlets were a little too chewy from the vital wheat gluten so I've been wanting to try the EDaBV patties since they use brown rice and oats to keep it together. I also like the idea of getting everything together for the patties the night before (which I would have done if I'd read the recipe and seen they call for refrigeration prior to cooking). Thumbs up from all the kids on the patties. Josie even liked the patty mixture before I cooked them. While I was sauteing the vegetables for the patties, she kept asking for more celery. I never really liked celery as a kid so that sort of surprised me, but that girl loves everything. She'll eat raw garlic, fennel seeds, spicy, bland, pretty much anything I can dish up (she doesn't have a big sweet tooth though). As a parent, I am a big believer in being open to your kids liking foods you don't like yourself so I try not to limit them with only the plants I prefer to eat. Anyway, back to celery. I saw one blogger used carrots in this recipe instead because she doesn't like celery and I would have done this as well except I have a ton of celery and it is pretty darn good for you (not that carrots aren't). Celery has Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese (nutritional analysis here). I'm always glad when I eat celery, even if my first thought of it is a not so happy flashback to the celery slathered with peanut butter from my childhood. I might just add some carrots along with the celery next time I make them.