As promised ladies, here’s the recipe. I served this bad chick (bad, as in SO GOOD) at my birthday party; while fireworks were going off overhead, fireworks were going off in my friends’ mouth’s and my girlfriends have been hounding me ever since.
It’s got twice the nutrients as regular old sloppy joes, same calorie count but much healthier. 300 calories, 3 g fat, 56 g carbs and 11 g protein. And this is a GREAT recipe to make double batches to freeze ahead of time. Simply toss it into your crock pot on low with an 1/4 cup water and 1 extra can of diced tomatoes. You will need to adjust seasonings to taste.
I found and tweaked this recipe between cooking and taste testing recipes from Keepin’ It Kind & Fork & Beans . This recipe calls for items like fire roasted tomatoes, nutritional yeast and bell peppers, don’t let these items intimidate you. If you’re family doesn’t like spice, consider adding a can of diced tomatoes instead.
Nutritional Yeast is exactly that: nutrition.
- 1 ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 T nutritional yeast (optional)
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ¼ tomato paste
- ½ red onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ jar smoked red peppers (diced ahead of time)
- 2 15oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 15oz can of fire roasted tomatoes, diced
- 2 T Sriracha Sauce (optional, adds SPICE)
- 1 T honey
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- If you have dried chickpeas, you will want to follow the directions on the bag and soak the chicks ahead of time. Otherwise drain canned chickpeas and toss into food processer. PULSE until chicks are mashed. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil in pan for about one minute, adding onion and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
- Add diced smoked red peppers and chickpeas, cooking about 2 minutes.
- Toss in rest of ingredients and let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, until it’s slightly thickened.
- Serve on your favorite bun.
- Great Tip: Serve with slices of avocado. YUM!
- Freezer Tip: And this is a GREAT recipe to make double batches to freeze ahead of time. Simply toss it into your crock pot on low with an 1/4 cup water and 1 extra can of diced tomatos. You will need to adjust seasonsings to taste.