I’ve always been a fan of chickpeas. One of my favorite things to eat is vegan falafel and I am the kind of person who would eat chickpeas straight out of the can – I don’t mind.
Vegan Chickpea Scramble (vegan scrambled “eggs”)
One of the things I missed a lot after I changed my diet into plant-based was my morning scrambled 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. After a while I also realized eggs are actually a bit disgusting to begin with but that is a story for another day. If you are curious look up what eggs actually are and you will see what I mean.
This chickpea scramble was the closest thing I could get to a savory breakfast that gives me the same feeling as when I would enjoy scrambled eggs. Another alternative is tofu scramble but the chickpea option is most affordable and easiest to make.
Vegan Chickpea Scramble
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 pinch of cumin optional
- 1 pinch of black pepper optional
- 1 tsp salt
- 3-4 tbsp hummus
- 1 tbsp oil of choice (or vegan butter) optional
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 apart from hummus. I have read people use tahini, I have personally only tried different flavors of hummus.
- toast with butter
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. They are also quite high in protein and can easily help you reach your protein goals.
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. If you are worried about this, read the ingredients when buying canned chickpeas to double check for any additives that you may not be happy with.