So, as my fledgling family makes a start in this world, I am forcing myself to learn to cook. And then I'm going to blog about it. Even the mistakes. Hopefully there won't be too many mistakes... anymore. You are more than welcome to join me on my cooking journey! And of course, share your experiences and improvements on any recipe.
Right now I am personally gluten-sensitive which means that everything will be entirely gluten-free. I won't be using wheat or wheat flour, rye, barley, malt, or any of the other plethora of items with secret gluten, and I'll note which gluten-free brands I'm using. I'm also completely egg, peanut, and dairy free while I'm breastfeeding my son because he has shown to be sensitive.
My first meal was a success! I've made this recipe several times before but this was the most delicious version. Something we like to call
That Chickpea Dish (you know, the vegan one?)
- olive oil
- 6-7 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- a hunk of ginger the size of your thumb, finely finely chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cups sugar snap peas with tips cut off
- 2 medium-large carrots sliced
- 1 medium red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into small pieces
- 2-3 leaves of kale
- spices (each to taste):
- freshly ground black pepper
- mrs. dash (yeah, that's right, I'm admitting it)
- One can organic chickpeas (organic is highly recommended, but whatever)
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and drop in the ginger, half the garlic, and onions. You can use less garlic than I did, but why would you want to? I immediately sprinkle cumin to cover the onions and garlic and add a dash of coriander. I let it be until the onions start looking like they might want to start getting soft.
Add the carrots, red pepper, snap peas. Stir it up so everything gets all glossy with olive oil. This is when I added the majority of spice - more cumin (I probably used about a tablespoon of cumin all together), a tiny bit more coriander, the ground pepper, the oregano, and the mrs. dash. I then added the cauliflower, kale, and the rest of the garlic. Adding more garlic later in cooking gives the dish a stronger garlic taste. Again, stir and mix until there is a light coating of olive oil on everything.
There you have it. A gluten-free, vegan meal that is delicious enough to stand on its own. I have served this with rice, but honestly I love it best as-is. And my first meal on this journey towards super mega chefdom! Or something like that, hopefully.