Today, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day. I salute all the strong women out there, especially those who fulfill multiple roles in the community. One of the women I truly admire is my mother. Despite all the hardships we experienced as kids, she was always there to take care of us and work for a living. Never did I felt abandoned by her. I remember all those days when she would be too tired from work yet still had to prepare dinner for the family. Or she was still too sleepy from staying up late to finish her chores, yet she still had the energy to cook breakfast before we all started our day. Life was tougher before. That’s why I am thankful that life is now easier with all the developments. If times were different then, she would be making us these vegetarian patties with no hassle.
Why You Should Make These Vegetarian Patties
If you’re trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthy, vegetables are the answer. As children, most of us have an aversion to veggies. But as we grow older, we realize that they prevent a lot of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
This vegetarian patties recipe contains cauliflower and chickpeas, two of among the most nutritious vegetables. Both are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Chickpeas, or garbanzos, are legumes that can replace meat in vegetarian or vegan diets. Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and help keep your appetite under control. The protein and fiber in the chickpeas give the feeling of being full. Thus, consuming chickpeas will help manage your weight. Chickpeas also help control blood sugar because they have a low glycemic index. The fiber in chickpeas also minimize the absorption of carbs.
On the other hand, cauliflower is rich in anti-oxidants that helps prevent inflammation and protects the body from harmful free radicals that may cause cancer. Cauliflower is also rich in Vitamin C that helps prevent sickness. Another important nutrient in cauliflower is choline, which most people lack. Choline is crucial in brain development and prevents cholesterol from accumulating in the liver. If you’re on a low-carb diet, cauliflower is your best alternative to rice grains. People make cauliflower rice to sustain their low-carb diet and eat healthier.
Try making this Cauliflower and Chickpeas Vegetarian Patties for breakfast or lunch. You can even have it as an appetizer served with some tahini dip. You can even use the patties in a sandwich. In this recipe, we cooked it in the oven using our quarter sheet pan lined with some parchment paper. Another option is to fry it in vegetable oil or olive oil then drain it on your cooling rack. Enjoy!
Looking for another meatless recipe? Try these Crispy Potato Tacos!
Cauliflower and Chickpeas Vegetarian Patties
- 1 head cauliflower florets broken apart
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 piece bell pepper diced
- 1 piece onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup Panko or flour of your choice (almond flour, coconut flour) you can also use oats
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Boil or steam the cauliflower florets until softened.
- In a large skillet, sauté the bell pepper and onions until softened. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute until the slightly browned.
- In a large bowl, smash the chickpeas and cauliflower.
- Add the sautéed ingredients plus the flour/panko, turmeric, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
- Make a ball then flatten it on the lined baking dish to make patties.
- Bake for 25 minutes, flip, and bake for another 20 minutes.