Fajita Chickpea Bake

Serves 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins

Bakes are like Ogres, they have layers.

Ingredients

  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2 packet fajita seasoning mix (you can find the sachets on the taco aisle of the supermarket or in my cupboard)
  • 2 slices of bread (or 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, gluten-free if that's how you roll)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Method

Potato Party

First steam or boil the sweet potatoes, whichever you fancy or have the equipment to do. Sometimes I really don’t want to have to wash my steamer so I just chuck them in some boiling water. Careful with the chucking though, boiling water spray hurts, ouch.

When they are soft, takes about 10 minutes depending on your chunks, drain then plop them back into the pot. Add the almond milk and mash until super smooth. You can add salt if your body and mind tell you to.

Bean Times

Get the chickpeas in a large bowl and use a potato masher or fork to smash them up, leaving a few whole, we ain’t making hummus.

Throw in the fajita seasoning and tomato paste. Stir for your life!

In a frying pan simmer about an inch of water or veg stock, throw in the garlic and onions. Let them soften for about five minutes, adding more water if it disappears.

Add in spinach and the chickpea smash mix and stir on a hot heat for five minutes, until all the water/stock is gone.

Bread is Good

Throw the bread into a food processor with the nutritional yeast and blend until it forms breadcrumbs. Pat yourself on the back and set aside.

Construction

In a beautiful baking dish, or an ugly one, spoon in the fried chickpeas. Layer the sweet potato on top, then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.

Bang into the oven for fifteen minutes, or until the breadcrumbs go golden and crunchy. If they don’t then stick the bake under the grill for a few minutes, that should do the trick.

Serve

Eat with all the peas you can fit on your plate, and a lovely green salad that causes you to make the bad joke: “Lettuce eat!”

Top Tip

You can make your own fajita spice mix easily if you aren’t lazy like me, just mix chilli flakes, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper.

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