You know how sometimes you get a new cookbook and right away one of the recipes just catches your eye?? As soon as I made my first flip-through of "Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day," I just knew I was going to be making the Peanut Butter Banana Bacon Sandwich. It sounded fun and new and tasty. And guess what? It was all of those things! I finally got around to making it, and it was a really fun dinner... served alongside a giant mound of sauteed collards (seemed appropriate!). Plus, I got to use my panino press, which always feels fun and special.
You can find the recipe for the sandwich on Celine's blog here. Doooo it!
I'd heard good things about these Bacony Chickpeas from other bloggers, so I knew ahead of time that I should probably just go ahead and make a double batch right then and there. I'm so glad I did! They are super yums. I've been nibbling on them straight out of the fridge... and also tossing them on green salads - where they provide both protein and a smokey richness to the salad.
I've also been adding them to collard greens for an easy lunchtime meal. Seriously, this is such an amazing meal. Basically I take a huge mound of collards (all washed and sliced up), and steam-saute them in a pan with some broth or water. Once they're steamed, I throw in a little drop or two of liquid smoke, a little bit of nooch, a teaspoon or so of onion powder, and a big scoop of bacony chickpeas. Stir it all up, until the chickpeas are warmed through, and dig in.
This is me, sitting outside in the winter sun, enjoying my collards & bacony chickpeas.