Friday, July 13, 2012

Baked Chickpea "Sloppy Joes:" The Happy Very Tasty Accident

Just another kitchen mishap that turned wonderful.
Since the excitement over my first handmade burgers and fresh out of black beans, my eyes leered over to the chickpea can with gleeful intentions.
Plus seeing as I loved the peanut butter, this new cooking intuition said, "use it again!"
So I listened....

Chickpea "Sloppy Joe" Ingredients

1/2 can drained and rinsed chickpeas
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup of cooked diced carrots
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter & Company's Mighty Maple Peanut Butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cooked brown rice and carrots mixed into chickpeas. Camera blurred from hot steam...
Yummy. I had just a little spoonful sample first...
Mixing in peanut butter and other ingredients. Then add into a blender or food processor to
Two patties on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Flip over.
But the ketchup made it all the better.
On the first flip, when the burgers mischievously decided to collapse, I almost cried and gave up on them, starved enough to almost make a peanut butter and preserves sandwich before lunch break was over.
But alas, hope told me and deprived stomach to wait twenty more minutes.
Now I regret not capturing that blessing in disguise.
Because no longer patties, this turned into a yummy mess that needed lots of napkins.
Good fashioned flavor wasn't so easily sabotaged- for the sloppiness lying on the wheat bread held great promise, especially with the bright kitchen light shining down on the two crisp, browned "patties" like they were holy sandwich treasures.
The peanut butter is fainter and the spices are a match for the chickpeas. Just absolutely delicious!
So glad I made two of them. :)

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