After failing abysmally at my vegan ‘Tofu Tuesday’ challenge for two weeks in Italy, I was happily back on track today!
I am off to Switzerland tomorrow (I promise I’m not always off jet-setting – it’s just been a good month!) so this recipe was somewhat born out of necessity to use up what I had in the fridge. It’s so simple but healthy and delicious and you could mix up the veggies to suit your taste/fridge contents.
Chickpea and Vegetable Pitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
50g baby corn, diced
1/2 medium head broccoli, chopped roughly
100g chestnut mushrooms, diced
1/2 medium courgette, diced
1 medium red pepper, cut into strips
215g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
Pepper to season
60g baby spinach leaves
2 slices wholemeal pita bread
Low fat houmous, as desired
1. Heat oil in large pan. Fry garlic, baby corn and broccoli for 2 minutes, or until garlic starts to brown.
2. Add mushrooms, courgette, pepper, chickpeas and chilli and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with pepper as desired.
3. Cut pita slices in half widthways and toast or grill.
4. While bread is toasting, add spinach to pan and stir until wilted. Remove from heat.
5. Spread houmous on inside of pita slices, then fill with chickpea and vegetable mix.
I’m off to the Swiss Alps tomorrow and to be honest, I’m glad I’m going after Tofu Tuesday as it’s hard enough getting vegetarian food in ski resorts, let alone vegan and I didn’t want to miss another week of the challenge. I felt a bit bad failing so spectacularly in Italy (we found ourselves living on variations of bread and cheese most of the time), however I did have two completely vegan meals at vegetarian restaurants (details to come eventually!)… they just weren’t on a Tuesday.
On an unrelated note, do any of you nifty photographers out there have any tips on photographing food straight from the stove or oven? I had trouble getting good photos of these pitas as they were steaming, so my lens either fogged up, or the steam obscured the photo.