Chickpea Pâté

I think chickpeas have got to be my favorite pulse ever. You can add them to salads, stew, chili, enchiladas.. You can roast them and eat them as a crunchy snacks. There’s HUMMUS aka my crack! I would be eating hummus everyday if it weren’t for the fact that I go through it so quickly. I made a big batch yesterday and boom, I woke up with about 3-4 tablespoons left in the bowl (side note: my famjam loves hummus too, I think it’s in our genes LOL).

Just when I thought I have made everything I possibly could with chickpeas, pâté came to mind one day in the kitchen with my mom. We kind of had a eureka moment and proceeded to whiz it up some magic in the food processor. Sandwich making quickly followed!

I took inspiration from the classic BLT to create this CLT sandwich: chickpea pâté, lettuce and tomatoes. This sandwich is high in protein, high in fiber and completely plant-based! I love eating vegetarian meals that are fun and fresh and this CLT definitely falls under that category. The chickpea pâté is so smooth and versatile. Use it in a sandwich, wrap, burrito, rice paper roll, on crackers etc.. The world is your oyster!

Chickpea Pâté (makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpeas (canned or cooked)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup diced veggies; I used carrots and celery
  • 3-4 tsp avocado oil mayo (vegan option: use vegan mayo)
  • pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • sumac for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, combine the chickpeas and veggies. Pulse a few times until everything is broken down into pieces.
  2. Add the tahini, avocado oil mayo, pink Himalayan sea salt and cayenne. Blend until  incorporated. I like to blend until the mixture is smooth but with a little crunch.
  3. Serve CLT-style with lettuce and tomato in your favorite bread, open-faced on toast, in a burrito, or however else you’d like. Enjoy!

happy cooking,

Sarah

 

4 Comments on “Chickpea Pâté”

  1. I love chickpeas as well! Lentils are amazing too! Anyways, this is such a clever idea and I think this is even better than your standard BLT sandwich! The chickpeas taste so much fresher and a lot lighter as well!

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