Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Swedish Green Beans w/ Garlic & Herbs AND Cauliflower Chickpea Casserole & Sandwich Filling

Last night I got a little creative in the kitchen again - based on what I had ON HAND.  I still didn't make it to the stores and produce stands in our area.  I know, I know...shame on me!  BUT...I did get a bunch of stuff done around the house which was nice!  Above you will see one of the side I made which is Swedish Inspired!  It's Green Beans with Garlic and Herbs!  Really quick and easy with a bit of a different flavor.

2 C Frozen Green Beans
3 to 4 Cloves Garlic
Splash of Grapeseed Oil (for Pan Frying) - I used Wildtree Garlic Dipping 
Salt & Pepper to taste - I used Wildtree California Garlic Pepper to taste
Handful of Vegan Bread Crumbs
1 T Parsley
1 tea Thyme
Juice from 1/2 Lemon

Next...I wanted to make a sandwich filling for my lunches this week but didn't have a lot on hand.  Based on what I DID have on hand I made this lil gem with my handy Ninja Blenders on the 'assist'!  It ended up working well as a casserole to eat as-is but it also was very tasty as a filling for sandwiches and/or wraps or pitas.  The recipe I drew inspiration from featured broccoli but I didn't have any so I used Cauliflower.  There were other ingredients I didn't have on-hand based on that original recipe so I strayed from it quite a bit.  I was very pleased with the outcome, tho!  Check it out!  Here is what's in it:

2 C Chickpeas
1 Pound Frozen Cauliflower
5 Carrots
2 Handfuls of Chives
1 C Vegan Bread Crumbs
1 C Water
2+ T Grapeseed Oil
1 T Wildtree Garlic Galore
To Taste Wildtree California Garlic Pepper

I 'cooked' the carrots and chickpeas prior and once combined and heated briefly I baked at 350 for about 45 minutes.  On a small portion of this I added a little Vegan Cheese just for kicks.  I sampled a bit of the plain one last night and loved it as a casserole.  I added it to flatbread/sandwich bread for lunch today and thought it was super tasty that way, too.  Tonight or tomorrow I might try a bit with the vegan cheese.  I am very excited about this one!  YUM!


  1. Gosh! So many things went into your sandwich filling... Mine's simple but I would prefer anything other than peanut butter or fruit jam.

    1. I enjoy simple sandwiches, too, but I DO do a lot of simple ones - I wanted to kick it up a notch and try something new! I really enjoyed this! PLUS I had it for dinner with peas and corn chips as well. Very versatile!

  2. The filling sounds wonderful! I actually like skipping grocery shopping for a week or so, great opportunity to clean out the freezer and pantry and save money. :-)

    1. It will have to be a MUST this weekend! LOL :) I do have some 'convenience foods' on hand but need some produce BAD!

  3. Everything looks colorful. I haven't made sandwich filling in quite some time.
    Do you mainly use frozen vegetables with your meals?

    1. Fresh - first! Then Frozen...a few things I do canned like some beans but rinse very well and have been buying organic canned lately...when I do DO canned...but FRESH and FROZEN mostly.

  4. Mmmm the chickpea dish looks/sounds divine =)

    1. I was very happy with the way it turned out and hope to do some more vegan sandwich fillings soon!