Budget-friendly Vegan Chickpea Scramble
I’ve always been a fan of chickpeas. One of my favorite things to eat is vegan falafels and I am the kind of person who would eat chickpeas straight out of the can – I don’t mind.
One of the things I missed a lot after I changed my diet into vegan was my morning eggs. I had always loved eating eggs so much, but after realizing how factory-farm chickens are treated, I simply could not enjoy them anymore and decided not to eat them.
Easy Vegan Chickpea Scramble
This chickpea scramble does not taste like eggs, I will not lie. It has nothing similar to eggs except the color and texture. However, it is still super tasty, can be cooked in less than 10 minutes and a perfect breakfast if you are looking for some savory comfort breakfast food and you are tired of cereal and oatmeal.
- 1 can drained chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- a pinch of cumin (optional)
- a pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3-4 tablespoons of hummus (can be omitted but it gets a bit dry)
- Optional: oil of choice
UPDATE: I made the chickpea scramble with 2 tablespoons of vegan butter instead of oil, and it was amazing!!
*Honestly, I put a lot more salt because I like my food salty so I would recommend even more.
*I also go heavy on the spices, so if I were you, for best results I would taste my chickpeas before throwing them in the pan to see if there is any taste I like. If not, just add more spices and salt!
How to make chickpea scramble:
- Mash the chickpeas in any way you are able to, I usually use a fork.
- Add all spices to the chickpeas and mix well together.
- Add hummus if using any and mix well.
- You can either use some oil on your pan or avoid oil completely. If you have a good frying pan, you really don’t need to use oil and it will work out fine. Add mixture to the pan and start frying on medium to high heat. I do it on high because I am lazy.
- When it gets golden (usually after 4-5 minute if you do it on high-medium) it is ready.
- Enjoy with whatever you like to eat on the side.
Possible sides I enjoy:
- toast with butter (vegan butter)
- Without the hummus this may feel a bit dry. I personally still love it but I guess it may be individual taste.
- You can try it once without hummus and once with and decide what you prefer.
- Without hummus it turns into a really really budget friendly vegan breakfast.
- You can actually try other dips into it than hummus. I have read people use tahini, I have personally only tried hummus.
Recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog.
Why eat chickpeas?
Chickpeas are a really rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Chickpeas further offer a variety of health benefits, such as improving digestion, helping with weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.
Can I eat chickpeas every day?
Yes – and it is good for you. Eating one serving a day of chickpeas or other legumes, can significantly reduce ‘bad cholesterol’ and thus the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Are chickpeas healthy when canned?
There is actually not that much of a difference between canned chickpeas and chickpeas you cook yourself unlike canned vegetables, which have lost a lot of their nutritional value. There is very little difference in the nutritional value between canned chickpeas and those you cook yourself so when you don’t have the time – go for the canned option and enjoy.