This easy meal is of the roast vegetable variety. To complement the pumpkin and cauliflower, I threw some apple in too. It might not be conventional, but I highly recommend it. The soft sweet apple pieces paired wonderfully with the vegetables, and made eating chickpeas even more enjoyable than usual.
This is a dish you can put together quite quickly, and then pop in the oven while you get on with other things. I didn't roast my chickpeas, on account of cooking them from dry, but you might decide to roast yours. There are also all sorts of options for tweaking the seasonings. I used apple cider vinegar and dried oregano, with a drizzle of maple syrup. Nutritional yeast would be a nice addition (of course), and balsamic vinegar could be swapped in for the apple cider variety. There are no limits on herbs. Basically, you can do what you like! Just don't forget the apple...I'm deeming that essential.
Roast vegetables and chickpeas, with apple
Serves 2 to 3 as a main, or 4 to 6 as a side dish
Vegan; low fat
1 medium butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 head cauliflower, in florets
1 medium apple, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
Preheat your oven to moderately hot, 180'C.
Place the chopped pumpkin, cauliflower and apple in a large baking dish. Combine the vinegar, oregano and maple syrup, drizzle over the vegetable mix, and stir to mix through.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, checking after 30 minutes. Heat the chickpeas and add at the end before serving.
I'm always a fan of recipes with simple ingredient lists, and this dish is one I anticipate repeating. Adding apple to roast vegetables is something I will definitely be repeating. I can't believe I haven't done it before!
What is your favourite roast vegetable combination? This is the second time in two months that I've paired pumpkin and cauliflower, so I seem to be displaying a penchant for that mix.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday #42 and Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food, Legume Challenge, at Cate's Cates.