First cooking post in Victoria! I've made a few dishes since moving in, but each time I kept forgetting to take photos. So tonight I made the vegan and easily made gluten-free Asparagus and Chickpea Casserole. This is one of my go-to hearty dishes that is fairly simple to make without any super crazy ingredients. I find it filling but not overly so, and with a lot of great nutrients.
I didn't have a casserole dish, as this recipe calls for, but it baked fine in a 9x13 dish for 35 minutes with some frozen hash browns.
Weird Canadian hash browns are weird. I used cubed hash browns this time, but I usually use shredded-- thinner hash browns work better for this recipe I've found out.
Tools of the trade
Clemens doesn't know what nutritional yeast is, and you might not, either! It is NOT brewer's yeast or baking yeast-- it's actually a fungus that has a lot of vitamin B12. Great for any veggie cooking!
Jon likes to call it "asparagross."
Herbs, asparagus, mushrooms, sauce, oh my!
4 minutes left! Mr. Clemens was getting impatient.
Just because it ain't pretty doesn't mean that it doesn't taste good!
oven to 400F. Lightly oil or spray a 2-3 quart casserole dish (or 9x13 pan).
a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Give it a quick drop of oil,
if desired, and add the onions. Cook until onions soften, 2-3
minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 2-3 more
minutes, until mushrooms exude their juices. Add the asparagus and
two tablespoons of vegetable broth, cover pan, and cook for another
2-3 minutes until asparagus is bright green and beginning to become
the flour into the cup of vegetable broth. Add it, the milk,
nutritional yeast, thyme, and basil and heat until bubbly. Add the
chickpeas and salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low, and simmer
for 5 minutes.
4. Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with an even
layer of potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with salt, if desired, and
until casserole is bubbly and top is lightly browned, 25-45 minutes
(frozen potatoes will take longer than fresh). If top does not
completely brown, place it under the broiler for a few seconds.
Recipe credit goes to Fat Free Vegan.