This recipe is my new obsession! I have been really into chickpeas lately, throwing them in my salads and stir-frys for an easy protein portion, but this dish takes chickpeas to a whole new level. I got the idea of Thai chickpeas from one of my favorite blogs For the Love of Kale. The author Heather is always cooking up delicious vegan meals and shares her passion for health and fitness. Thanks for the Thai chickpea inspiration, Heather! xo
Thai Chickpeas Over Steamed Kale
2 cups kale + 1 cup water
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 Tbsp unsalted peanut butter
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
Cook brown rice to package instructions (frozen brown rice is a great shortcut to dry rice). Heat 1 cup of water in a pan over medium high heat. Place kale in the pan and cover for 5 minutes. Stir kale and cover for 5 more minutes. Strain water once kale has been steamed. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce, and whisk until evenly mixed (if the peanut butter is stubborn, microwave the entire mixture for 20 seconds to help soften). If using canned chickpeas, transfer chickpeas and liquid to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes. Rinse and strain chickpeas and coat with the peanut sauce. Place steamed kale onto a plate, followed by brown rice and thai chickpeas.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Whole Grain: brown rice
Plant Based Fat: peanut butter
Guess what? Today is the last day of July which means… FOODIE PENPALS REVEAL DAY!
Last month I decided to join Foodie Penpals, which is a program created by another blogger named Lindsay, also known as The Lean Green Bean. Foodie Penpals is a fun program that matches food lovers as penpals each month!
Foodie Penpal Details:
- 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. You will send a package to someone different than from whom you receive.
- Your package is to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats!
- The spending limit is $15.
- The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe.
- 15th of the month, you put your box of goodies in the mail.
- Last day of the month, reveal the Foodie Penpal package you received in a post!
- Open to bloggers and blog readers.
Click here for more information about becoming a Foodie Penpal! Who knows… we could get matched as Foodie Penpals! xo
My first Foodie Penpals were Heather from Brownsburg, IN and April from Austin, TX! I was assigned to send a package to Heather, so I sent her some of my fav goodies from LA which conveniently arrived on her birthday making my first Foodie Penpals experience pretty memorable! April was assigned to send a package to me, and after exchanging a few emails, I was so excited to learn that she was from Austin, TX; where the flagship Whole Foods store is! April sent me some REALLY yummy goodies! The coolest part about April’s package was that I had never tried any of these items before!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!
- Mint Double Fudge Bite-Lettes by Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food: O.M.G. My sister and I nearly finished the entire container in a matter of hours… SO. GOOD. and vegan. and healthy. and amazing. April… you’re the best!
- austiNuts Chili Lime Cashews: Loved that she sent me something local from Austin! These cashews had the perfect amount of chili, perfect amount of lime, and a perfect little kick!
- Hint Raspberry-Lime Water: I’m a huge fan of natural flavored waters versus artificially sweetened and flavored waters but had never tried Hint before. I loved the light flavor.
- Late July Organic Vanilla Bean with Green Tea Cookie Sandwiches: These were awesome! The taste is similar to Oreos, but they have ingredients that you can actually pronounce haha.
- Mints in a Moustache Tin: Cute addition! I can tell April has a sense of humor!
Thanks for the vegan treats from Austin, TX April! You’re so sweet! xo
Interested in joining Foodie Penpals?! Get more information here!