chipotle tofu & chickpea salad

In appetizers, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch, spa food, vegetarian on 09.15.11 at 10:49 pm

i guess that’s the way the [chipotle tofu & chickpea cake] crumbles.

so i had grand plans of making homemade veggie-cakes, after a little culinary inspiration during a lunchtime convo at the office today. think: crabcake, minus the crab, plus tofu & chickpeas. good in theory; a bit of a scramble in practice.

chipotle tofu & chickpea mixture:
mix the following ingredients together in a large prep bowl until well combined:
– 1/2 can organic chickpeas (drained)
– organic raw tofu (diced)
– 2 medium eggs (whisked)
– 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
– 1 tsp chipotle blend  (combo of spices incl chipotle powder, ground paprika, cumin, coriander, granulated onion, garlic powder)
– 1/4 cup peppadew peppers (diced)
– 1/8 cup red peppers (diced)
– 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (crushed in mortar & pestle)

the non-cakes:
– heat up 1 tbsp unsalted butter in a large saucepan (note: i ran out of evoo, so i substituted the evoo w/ butter.)
– add 2 medium mounds of the tofu & chickpea mixture and flatten to form patties in pan

so this is where the veggie-cakes went awry…
when i tried to flip the cakes like you would typically flip a burger on a grill, the tofu & chickpeas crumbled into one big mess in the pan. i figured i’d embrace the moment and just go with it.

bye bye, veggie-cakes. hello, chipotle tofu & chickpea salad. :)

– stirfry tofu & chickpea mixture in pan for a few minutes until tofu is cooked & chickpeas are lightly toasted

food styling:
– plate a bed of fresh organic arugula
– add chipotle tofu & chickpea stirfry over arugula
– top w/ 2-3 red bell peppers (sliced)
– garnish w/ cayenne peppercorn gouda (grated)
– pairs well w/ ginger ale

  1. I just love how versatile chickpeas are. Great dish.


  2. Mmm chickpeas! I typically eat them in the form of hummus, but love them on their own too. Great combo of spices.


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