Tuesday, May 2, 2017


This is a go to dinner for us! The kids request it and I'm happy to oblige! 

My non-plant based family requests this on a regular basis when they come over for dinner! It's super versatile, you can use the veggies you enjoy! Make this and let me know what you think!? If you're interested in seeing it come together you can watch the video!

We love having mashed potatoes and green beans with it!

In a food processor chop to your preferences (I process it a lot because my kids don't like chucks of veggies)

8 -10 oz package mushrooms (your favorite)
1/2 - 1 Red or green bell pepper (depending on the size and how much you like)
1 Onion
2-3 garlic cloves
Add to a dry non stick pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, peppers and onion, sautée until liquid has evaporated. While that's cooking.
Add 3 cans (or equivalent cooked chickpea) of drained and rinsed Chick peas to food processor (reserve one can of Chick pea liquid or you can use veggie broth or even water to use if the mixture gets too dry ONLY USE IF NEEDED I rarely need it).
Process until no whole beans and desired consistency, I prefer to leave the beans chopped rather than smooth like hummus, it will be too mushy inside . Add cooked veggies and chickpeas to a big bowl then add:
1 -2 tsp (or to your taste) of each
Dried Oregano
Dried Rosemary
Dried Sage,
Dried Thyme
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Couple of dash of liquid smoke
(Add other seasoning you like!!)

Pick your binder. I used 1/4 to 1/2 cup *Panko bread crumbs (See below for the brand I use. Make sure to double check the ingredients, some are not vegan) and a few unsalted crackers, these help keep thing dryer, another option is quick oats, it works great too. Add enough of your binder until you can squeeze into a ball and it holds together, but not sticky. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Transfer to lined loaf pan or muffin tin works too. 
Top with sauce.

For the sauce
1-2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup your favorite ketchup
1 Tbsp your favorite mustard (I used yellow)
Onion powder and Garlic powder to taste
Maple syrup to taste

Bake at 400 for 20 to 30 mins. Let rest about 5 mins. If you like to top slightly brown you can put the broiler on for a few seconds. DON'T WALK AWAY, HAHA. ENJOY! 

  • *Kikkiman Panko Breadcrumbs http://amzn.to/2ur8vLD


  1. do you happen to know how many cups of chickpeas would be equal to 3 cans? thanks!

  2. 1 can = 1 1/2 cups chickpeas

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    1. You are most welcome! Thank you for coming by to see the recipe. I hope you try it and let me know what you think! ~ Des

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  4. Thank you for this recipe. In the dry pan, are we sautéing the vegetable that we put in the food processor?

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    2. Yes, the, mushrooms, red pepper, onion, or whatever veggies you choose!

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  6. So sorry, I just saw the video and it shows clearly what to do... Thanks again!

  7. Did I see potatoes going into the food processor? Not seeing potatoes in the recipe. How many?

    1. Hey Susan, sorry for the confusion, no potatoes, I think your seeing the cut onion going into the food processor. I hope you do give this a go and let me know what you think.

  8. Just wondering -- don't Panko crumbs usually contain eggs? If vegan, you might want to double check.

    1. You're right, some do. I'll update the post with the brand and a suggestion to double check the ingredients. In the recipe video it does show the brand. Thank you! Much love ~ Des!

  9. Looks lovely
    Stupid of me, but the chick peas aren't raw,are they? I soak and cook them, and use the AF,hence the doubt.

  10. I would love to try this recipe! What else can be used as a binder. I'm gluten and grain-free.