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Chickpea-Veggie Quiche

The power of chickpeas… they really do make up the best food. Falafel, hummus, yes even cupcakes; we vegans love these little guys because they are tofu’s less hormonal, chameleon sister. They are mild in flavour,so they make a great base for any meal that is trying to replicate a non vegan meal. These little dudes just soak up the flavour of any spice you throw at them. Chickpeas are a helpful source of vitamin B6, zinc, folate and protein.They are also very high in dietary fiber and a healthy source of carbohydrates for those with insulin sensitivity or diabetes. So go ahead, Let them eat quiche!

Whole Wheat Crust:

3/4 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 Cup Barley Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Cold water

Quiche Filling:

1 Medium Zucchini, Chopped into Half-Rounds
1/2 Medium Red Bell Pepper, Chopped into Short, Thin Strips
1/2 Cup Peas, Fresh or Frozen and Thawed
3 Scallions, Thinly Sliced
2 – 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2 Cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
1 Tablespoon Potato Starch
2 Teaspoons Nutritional Yeast
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
Pinch Dried Sage, Powdered
1/8 Teaspoon Paprika
1/8 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Vegetable Stock or Water
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a 9-inch round fluted tart pan with removable bottom.

The easiest way to make the crust is in a food processor, but if you don’t have one, you can also make it by hand. Just combine both flours and salt in a large bowl, and add in the oil. Mix well, and then drizzle in water until it comes together in a cohesive dough. Otherwise, you can simply toss everything in the food processor, and drizzle in water until it comes together in a cohesive dough. One method saves you time and the other saves you dirty dishes to wash later, so pick your poison.

Move the dough into your prepared tart pan, and use your fingertips to press it evenly into the bottom and up the sides. If it seems sticky, lightly moisten your hands to make it easier to handle. Bake for about 10 – 15 minutes, just to help it set up a bit and very, very lightly brown. Let cool.

For the filling, toss your chopped veggies, scallions, and minced garlic together to achieve and even distribution of everything, and then transfer it into your par-baked crust. You want to just about fill the pan with veggies, like so:

In a separate bowl, whisk together the chickpea/garbanzo flour, potato starch, nooch, salt, herbs, spices, and baking powder. Pour in the vegetable stock or water and oil, and whisk until smooth. It should be about the consistency of pancake batter. Pour this batter on top of your veggies situated in the quiche pan, making sure to fill all of the gaps. Lightly tap the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.

Bake for 45 – 55 minutes, until the filling appears set and every so lightly golden brown on top. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing. (The leftovers also taste great cold, in my opinion!)

Serves 8 – 10

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