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Plate of roasted sweet potato, avocado, baba ganoush, and Vegan Chickpea Scramble
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Fluffy Chickpea Scramble (30 minutes!)

A hearty chickpea scramble in 30 minutes with a secret ingredient that binds the chickpeas and makes them fluffy! A delicious, nutritious (10-ingredient), plant-based meal.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Breakfast, Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

QUICK BABA GANOUSH (or sub store-bought baba ganoush)

  • 1 large eggplant (sliced horizontally into 1/4-inch rounds)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or grape seed oil (or other neutral, high-heat oil // omit if oil-free)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tahini (ground sesame seeds)
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)

CHICKPEA SCRAMBLE

  • 1 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas (drained but not rinsed, cooking liquid reserved // 1 15-ounce can yields 1 3/4 cup cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt + black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (to thin)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil
  • 4-6 Tbsp baba ganoush (recipe above or store bought)

FOR SERVING optional

  • Roasted sweet potatoes* or other vegetables
  • Ripe avocado
  • Steamed kale
  • Brown rice or cauliflower rice
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. If using store-bought baba ganoush, skip this step. Otherwise, preheat oven to high broil, move a rack to the top of the oven, and line a baking sheet with foil (foil is best for broiling as parchment paper can burn).
  2. Slice the eggplant and arrange on foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly drizzle both sides with oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Then broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, watching carefully as it can burn easily. You're going for a deep golden brown, not black.
  3. Remove from oven and stack the eggplant. Fold the foil around the eggplant to steam for 5 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, add chickpeas and 2-3 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) of their cooking liquid to a shallow mixing bowl. To a separate small mixing bowl, add turmeric, cumin, ginger, paprika, salt, pepper, and water to thin and mix into a pourable paste. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more spices for flavor or salt for saltiness.

  5. Pour spice mixture over the chickpeas and mash half of them with a fork, evenly distributing the spices until the chickpeas are coated. Sprinkle the chickpeas with a bit more salt for flavor. Set aside.
  6. Unwrap the eggplant and peel off most the skin - if well steamed, it should peel right off. Don't fuss too much about getting all of the skin off - a little bit is fine!
  7. Transfer eggplant to a food processor (or mixing bowl) and add lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and another healthy pinch of salt. Blend (or mash/whisk) until a paste is formed (see photo). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity, garlic for zing/spice, tahini for creaminess, or salt for saltiness. Set aside.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp (15 g // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) oil and chickpeas. Stir to coat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add desired amount of baba ganoush - 4-6 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).

  9. Stir to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes more or until the scramble is slightly drying out and taking on a golden-brown color. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more fresh garlic for garlic flavor/zing, salt for saltiness, or pepper for a little heat. You can also add more baba ganoush for fluffy texture + flavor.
  10. Serve the chickpea scramble as is or with desired garnishes / sides. I love roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, cilantro, and extra baba ganoush on the side. Hot sauce is also delicious.
  11. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warm.

Notes

*If subbing store-bought baba ganoush, this is a 7-ingredient, 10-minute recipe!
*To roast sweet potatoes, cube a large sweet potato (skin on or off), place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil of choice (I like avocado), and add a sprinkle of salt. Roast at 400 degrees F (204 C) for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional sides / garnishes.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2)