Like many people in the new year, I had high hopes to start it out right. I was motivated to lighten up my diet, which for the last few months had consisted of cookies, cookies, cocktails, and more cookies. I ended the new year with a big shopping trip filled with fresh veggies, finished off the last of the cookies, and enjoyed my News Years Eve with cocktails and friends! Well, I woke up the next morning with I thought was a hangover, but was in fact a cold/flu thing! Yuck!! SO I spent the first few days of the new year stuck to my couch with a box of Kleenex, and my faithful caretaker Netflix.
By the way, its is probably not the best idea to pair a achy, feverish girl, with hours of Vampire Diaries. I’m pretty sure in my feverish half sleep dreams I thought I was becoming a sexy, high school attending, vampire with a sexy brooding boyfriend (the brooding would not be sexy for long in real life I gotta say). Unfortunately I did not wake up with everlasting life, the incredible thirst for blood, or the ability to control others (OK NOT unfortunate on the blood thing, though that would be incredibly ironic). The whole mind control. glamor, compulsion thing has to be the best part of being a vampire. Not that I would use it for anything monumental or anything. It would be like the little things. Like, “No you are not going to charge me for avocado on my veggie sandwich”, or “Yes stranger, you are going to let me cuddle your puppy for longer than is socially cool and it’s NOT going to be weird”, or “You WANT to wash the dishes son!”. Wait, who am I kidding? If I were able to get the boys in my house to wash a dish, it would be a monumental life changing event where I would cry tears of happiness. I guess for that power alone, all that blood thirstiness would be worth it.
Well, ever since I emerged from my four days of sickness/slumber, with little to eat, I have had a
blood thirsty hunger that has not gone away. When I was finally feeling better I couldn’t stop eating and I haven’t since. My first day back in the kitchen I made these cauliflower chickpea patties and I ate all of them in one day! I didn’t share at all! They are super tasty and are great topping a salad, with some veggie scramble for breakfast, or as a quick snack. They would also be tasty on a bun like a burger.
Trade out the panko for flour or oats for glutton free.
You WILL make it, eat it, and enjoy!
Cauliflower Chickpea Patties
- 1 Head Cauliflower florets broken apart
- 1 Can Chick Peas rinsed and drained
- 1 Bell pepper diced small
- 1 Onion Diced small
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Cup Panko
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Cumin
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375.
Boil or steam cauliflower until soft.
Saute onion and bell pepper over low heat until soft.
Add garlic and saute for another minute or so.
In a large bowl, smash chick peas up well with a fork or the bottom of a cup.
Add cauliflower and smash up as well.
Add all other ingredients and stir until combined.
Mix should be wet but come together in a ball without falling apart.
Carefully make a ball in your hands with the mix. I did mine a little bigger than a golf ball.
Press ball between hands to make a patty.
Place patty on oiled pan or baking dish.
Continue with the rest of the mix.
Bake for 25 Minutes, flip the patties. and bake for another 20 minutes or until browned.