Saturday, July 2, 2011

Broccoli, Chickpeas & Garlic - "Go To" Simple Dinner

Thanks Again Isa Chandra Moskowitz! This easy recipe has become a staple at my house. I can plow the whole Pyrex as-is but it also works well as a side dish for the carnivorous huz. To top if off, it couldn't be cheaper. Win. Win. Win.


1 Colander full of rinsed broccoli* florets (fresh only)
1 Can of rinsed Chickpeas
6-10 Cloves of Garlic, smashed
1.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Cup Veggie Broth
1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Oven at 400

Place the broccoli, chickpeas and garlic in a large Pyrex and work through olive oil, salt and pepper with your hands.

Bake for 40 minutes - turning everything over with a spatula at the 20 minute mark. At 40 minutes, the broccoli tips should be browning and the chickpeas should look like they're drying a bit. The garlic should be smelling delicious.

Next, pour the veggie broth into the Pyrex and turn to coat.

Remove after 10 minutes and squeeze lemon juice over the top & sprinkle a little Nutritional Yeast. Eat. Smile.

A word about Nutritional Yeast

Getting enough B12 is a concern for vegetarians and vegans. B12 deficiency is no joke. It can lead to brain damage and some studies show a linkage to Alzheimer's. It is often one of the loudest arguments against vegetarianism in the attempt to prove that we need to eat animals to survive.

In fact, B12 comes from bacteria in dirt - not animals. Back in the days before we washed and bleached our vegetables or grew them in sterilized GMO laden factories, we ate quite a bit of dirt! Now, the animals eat the dirt and the B12 is found in their bodies - which we eat.

Getting B12 without animals is relatively easy. Most cereals and many soy milks are fortified with B12, you can take a multi-vitamin (which you should be doing anyway) or you can sprinkle a little Nutritional Yeast Flakes on your popcorn, your broccoli, pita chips, rice, pasta... any place you would commonly use parmesan cheese. You can even make a "cheese sauce" with Nutritional Yeast Flakes.

I order NYF online in a "shaker" container much like Parmesan. KAL Yeast Flakes run approximately $9 for 10 oz. and a little goes a long way. Do I wish it had a different name? Yes. "Yeast Flakes" sound unappealing - but they're tasty little buggers that make is easy to erase the B12 Argument.

*I've made this recipe with broccoli, cauliflower and broccoli flowerk broccoli and brussel sprouts (thanks Angie!) or a mix of whatever is in my fridge. It's ALL good.

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