CHICKPEA FLOUR QUICHE

Way back when I was still eating eggs quiche was the quickest “gourmet” breakfast choice, and a great choice for packed lunches or breakfast on the go. Alas, since going vegan I have had to make another substitute to compensate this loss, but chickpea flour is a nutritious alternative that gets the job done! Not to mention, this chickpea flour quiche is a great opportunity to use up any veggies that are stuck in your fridge or about to go bad!

I opted for a chickpea flour alternative to the usual quiche, rather than soy or tofu based quiche, purely out of preference and my desire to make a gluten free lunch option. My stomach and tofu do not mix well despite all of its benefits, so I stray away as much as possible. I’ve had great luck using chickpea flour in a substitute for homemade tofu so I thought it would be a grand idea to use this versatile flour in as many ways as possible…quiche being one of them.

In a traditional quiche one can expect a soft, fluffy interior loaded with veggies. I will say that you can definitely expect the latter; on the other hand I’d like to proceed with caution prescribing the term “fluffy like eggs”. Once baked and because it is technically still a flour, the quiche will have a dense almost cake like texture to it. To soften the texture, I add a little bit of yogurt to the batter much as you would add yogurt or sour cream to a cake to make it fluffier.

I love to serve this with some homemade cashew creme or a lemony dill type sauce to really elevate the “quiche” experience. I’ve also added turmeric to give the quiche an earthy flavour and add to its yellowish colour, although chickpea flour is already quite yellow . In terms of vegetables, my absolute favourite to add is broccoli or tomatoes to introduce some different textures. Don’t be afraid to go over the 1.5 cup I’ve set out in the recipes, I have stuffed more vegetables I was trying to get rid of!

Chickpea Flour Quiche

No egg or soy, chickpea flour vegan quiche

Ingredients

  • 2.5 c chickpea flour
  • 2.5 c water
  • 1/4 c non dairy yogurt
  • 1.5 c chopped veggies (I used broccoli, peppers, tomato, spinach, mushroom)
  • 1 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease medium sized baking pan with oil or butter.
  • In a blender, blend chickpea flour, water, yogurt, spices and a pinch of salt.
  • In a mixing bowl combine batter and veggies. Pour batter into greased baking pan
  • Bake for 30 minutes. The top will begin to crack, that is totally fine.

Leave a comment if you try this recipe! I’d love to hear the veggies you chose to make this delicious vegan lunch.


OATMEAL COOKIES (GF, OF, VG)

During my days as a University student, I was a sucker for the classic coffee and cookie combination. I would have this combination almost everyday, even on days when I wasn’t too hungry; it just became a ritual. I was lucky enough to go to school near a vegan bakery that would sell the best breakfast cookies which became very clutch for my 8 am classes.

Hope you give this recipe a shot!

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Simple gluten free oatmeal cookies that are a perfect breakfast choice!
Keyword breakfast, cookies, dairyfree, glutenfree, oatmeal, oats, oilfree
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup nut butter, I used cashew
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix dry and wet ingredients separately. You’ll need a whisk or a fork to break down the nut butter.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Be aware that the batter is wet and sticky, but if its too hard to work with add additional oats about 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Scoop batter with a cookie scoop or spoon onto parchment lined bake sheet. Press down slightly to encourage spread. Bake at 350 for 12-15 mins until the edges begin to turn brown.
  • Let cookies cool completely before digging in!

RASPBERRY CHIA JAM

I whipped up a batch of this jam when I went super crazy and bought too a large batch of raspberries at Costco! This is a great option for those looking to make a healthy alternative to jams or when your looking to use up those berries that are about to go bad.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of berries of choice – I used raspberry – can be frozen/ fresh or a mix of both 🙂
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Splash of vanilla

Heat the fruit on medium high heat until it breaks down and comes to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and remove off heat. Let it cool, it will expand into a thick jam.

My favourite toast to use is on toasted english muffins (especially Ezekiel english muffins), but pancakes, crepes, and waffles are a great option as well.


PALEO PUMPKIN PIE BARS (PALEO, GF)

Toronto is in that weird period between Halloween and all things pumpkin and just before houses begin to display their flashy Christmas decor and gift shopping anxiety sets in. This is also the time where your butternut squashes, pumpkins and other gourdly like foods items are slowly making their way out of the front of the grocery store. In an attempt to salvage whatever is remaining of the fall season, I made these not overly sweet pumpkin pie bars for my family. The base of this recipe can be used with a ton of different fillings and textures so have a look and don’t be afraid to switch it around!

Ingredients FOR THE BASE:

  • 1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1  can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (honey can be used but will be less sweet!)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Steps:

  1. Preheat over to 350 and line baking dish with parchment paper
  2. Mix wet ingredients of the base in mixer. Then add dry ingredients and mix well until a cookie dough texture. I found the mixture a little dry which is why I added more coconut flour.
  3. Press the cookie dough flat into the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  4. Mix all ingredients for the filling in mixture. Pour over cookie base and bake for 1 hour, or until the mixture is firm and doesn’t jiggle. Here I added extra pumpkin spice and vanilla for more sweetness!
  5. Let cool and place dessert in freezer to cut into bars. Serve with any topics! (Here I used unsweetened coconut) Enjoy!

***Thank you to Ambitious Kitchen for the base of the recipe 🙂 **


SHEPARD’S PIE (PALEO, GF, KETO)

The hardest part of switching to Paleo was giving up the potatoes. Fried, mashed, baked – every which way is strictly forbidden no matter how hard I tried!! This was a tough pill to swallow. But no fear – I conquered it and here I am now with a Paleo version to my favourite ever Shepard’s Pie. To tell you the truth I don’t miss the iconic white potatoes in this dish one bit 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, or three smaller ones
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mix of carrots and peas
  • 1 lbs lean ground beef (or any ground meat you wish)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic power
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of Paleo ketchup (if using tomato sauce, add more seasonings to for extra flavour)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup ghee

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into smaller chunks. Place on double boiler to steam to mash potatoes later on.

2. Place 1 tbsp of olive oil on pan with medium-high heat. Add onions, and when they become translucent (about 3 mins) add frozen mix of carrots and peas (another 5 mins) until tender. Toss in (2 cloves) garlic and cook until garlic becomes aromatic (2 mins)

3. Add ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces for easier cooking. Cook until brown (6-10 mins), and drain excess liquid to avoid an oily dishes. Leave 1 tbsp of oil in pan to avoid burning.

4. Add tomato paste or Paleo ketchup, water, seasonings, and mix well. Cook for 5-8mins until tomato paste and water has slightly dissipated.

5. Add arrowroot starch and mix well. Keep adding until you reach desired texture one tbsp at a time.Arrowroot starch thickens the meat mixture to hold the dish together. Once finished, remove the meat and fill pan. I used a 8×8 glass dish.

6. Remove sweet potatoes from steamer and mash well. Add 1/4 cup of ghee and 1 minced garlic clove. Mix well. Once finished, place mashed potatoes on top of meat and spread with spoon/spatula.

7. Bake for 30 mins, until top of Shepard’s pie develops a slight crust. Let chill, serve, and enjoy!! 🙂