Day 26 of the January Photo Challenge is Fridge Favorite. Although garbanzo beans are not my favorite food (avocado is), I consider them to be my fridge favorite because of the myriad of dishes we can make with them! Foodies, like me, are using garbanzo beans, also known as chick peas, in savory and sweet dishes. I use them to make my homemade veggie burgers. I plan to make falafel using them soon, and I’m simply HOOKED on hummus! I don’t eat crackers often, but some hummus on a Ritz is happiness!
Garbanzo beans can also be ground into flour and used in some of those sweet desserts I can’t wait to make! And if that wasn’t enough, I call the water left over after cooking garbanzo beans liquid gold! Technically, it’s called aquafaba, and there’s a website dedicated to promoting its use. Whether it’s the liquid from dry garbanzo beans or canned, the liquid can be kept and used as an egg substitute in recipes, y’all! I’ve included aquafaba in several recipes, and it works just as eggs do. I wouldn’t suggest that you try to scrabble aquafaba as a side item for breakfast. I just don’t think that would work too well!
For a couple of months, I had a love-hate relationship with garbanzo beans. I didn’t taste them until a couple of months ago, and I couldn’t understand how I could slow cook the beans for 6 hours and they still be crunchy! I didn’t have a food processor at the time, so trying to mash the beans by hand was time-consuming to say the least. With my frustration with the beans at an all-time high, I took about 3 cups of them along with the aquafaba and threw them away! It sounds crazy, right? But at the time, I didn’t know just how versatile garbanzo beans can be or that I was supposed to keep the liquid I had cooked them in!
Another reason that garbanzo beans are my fridge favorite is because I can get more than one meal out of a 1 pound bag. I can get around 8 veggie burgers from a bag that only cost $1.89! In other words, garbanzo beans are an economical yummy! I’ve been twiddling with a couple of garbanzo bean veggie burger recipes for some time and finally feel comfortable enough to share this one that I call Marinated Garbanzo Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers.
Marinated Gabanzo Bean and Quinoa Burgers
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup Vidalia onions or other sweet onion
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
juice of half a lime
Garbanzo bean marinade mixture made from above ingredients
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use pink Himalayan sea salt).
1/2 teaspoon thyme (ground small)
1/4 teaspoon savory
1/2 cup spelt flour
3-4 tablespoons aquafaba
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- Combine the ingredients for the marinade and refrigerate from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
- Place the marinade mixture in a food processor.
- Add the basil, sea salt, thyme, savory, spelt flour and aquaba to your food processor and pulse until combined but still chunky. Add more aquafaba if necessary.
- Form into patties. Some people place the batter on a flat surface and use the mouth of a cup to form them.
- Place 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a skillet on medium heat and cook the patties 3-4 minutes on each side.
P.S. I’ve made this recipe without the quinoa. If you do, use less aquafaba.
If using dry beans, rinse them and follow the package cooking instructions or place them in a slow cooker with water 3 inches above the beans and cook on low for 6-8 hours.