Tonight I was in the mood for some comfort food. I had on hand some peppers, onions, kale, chickpeas, and the regular staples. I decided to go for country fried chickpea patties, greens and wild rice with Grit Yeast Gravy
Country Fried Chickpea Patties
1 can organic chickpeas
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/2 small red onion
1/2 red pepper
2 “eggs” (I used Ener G replacer
I put the veggies, cilantro, and beans into the food processor and basically minced them (cut small, but don’t turn into paste). Then I put in as much of the spices as I wanted (based on smell and taste) and mixed in the egg replacer. Form them into country fried steak sized patties. Then you cook them in about a half-inch to an inch of safflower oil. You have to stay on the heat. You want the oil to sizzle if you drop in a dab of the mix. It should float immediately. If is starts smoking, turn it down. Place the patties in and cook for three to four minutes on each side, judging by the color that shows around the edges. Drain on a plate with paper towels.
*Addendum: So yeah, when I cooked them, they fell to pieces. It became fried crumble. Tasted amazing, though!
Serve with Grit Yeast Gravy and wild rice.
I’ve posted my recipe for Kale on here before, and the gravy is really more of an adaptation than an exact recipe. Here is how I do it.
Oil of your choice, maybe two tablespoons
1/3 ish cup of whole wheat flour
1/3 ish cup of nutritional yeast
splash of soy sauce
splash of Worcestershire sauce
small splash of liquid smoke
1/4 to 1/3 cup plain almond milk
1-2 cups of water, depending on thickness
Heat oil over medium high heat until it sizzles when you drop in flour. Add in flour and nutritional yeast slowly, adjust oil if you need it to thin out a bit. Mix this with a whisk over the heat for about four minutes. If you leave it, it will burn, so be careful! Slowly add the milk and whisk it in to avoid lumps. Add water immediately. Stir it in rather slowly to avoid lumps. Add more water if too thick or let it cook a while longer while whisking if it’s too thin. Once the water is in, add the splashes of other stuff. Gravy is an art. You will likely mess up, and it’s ok!
Since I started doing this, I have to say that I feel wonderful. The weight isn’t just falling off like I expected, but it’s going slowly but surely. That’s the best way anyway. I am about to get started with my 14 week intensive workout program. I’m very excited about that. I am hopeful that I will get back to my former state of health, whether or not I get back to my former size or not. That’s really what’s important anyway, right? The thing I like so much about this change is that unlike my time with Weight Watchers or the Curves diet, this isn’t about getting thinner or being prettier. Those things are probably going to happen anyway because of getting generally healthier. This is about looking at myself as a whole person. Not just health, not just weight, but also incorporating my issues with addiction to food, lack of self-discipline, and problems I’ve had with feeling good about myself in the past. The funny part of all this is that I’ve always beaten myself up because of my weight, and now because I’m tackling this head on, I feel so strong and determined that the weight isn’t an issue. I’m feeling good about myself because I’m sticking to this and changing myself. Forget the looks. This is about something deeper. This is about self-control and allowing that particular fruit to show itself in my life more.
Self-control is coming more easily this time than in the past because this time is not about weight loss. It’s about ethics. When you base your actions on your internal beliefs, it’s a lot harder to fall off the wagon. The failure would be less about your appetite and more about a failure to follow your beliefs. If I am doing what I believe in, I’m less likely to give it up for something so silly as ice cream or a steak.
Pretty cool, huh?