Today, we are happy to share an interview with Andrea (Drea!) Duclos of the lifestyle blog, Oh Dear Drea. We love her focus on natural and healthy living, vegan cooking, and her colorful approach to home decorating. The recipe we’re sharing today for Veggie Chickpea Patties comes from her recently published cookbook, The Plantiful Table. We think you’ll love it!
1. You’re a mother and successful blogger and cookbook author (and so much more!), what does a typical day look like for you?
2. Your kid-friendly vegan meal ideas are always so inspiring (and approachable!). And your daughter is adorable! Do you have any tips for parents raising a “picky eater”?
3. We love all of the color and patterns and textures you use throughout your home. What inspires you when decorating a space?
4. We saw that you went to India last year! And that we have the same photo in front of the city palace doors in Jaipur! How fun! What was that trip experience like for you? Any favorite memories?
5. Besides your lovely and fun new cookbook, what is on your bookshelf right now? What are you reading or listening to?
6. Speaking of your cookbook, what inspired the recipe you are sharing today?
I just wanted a healthy veggie burger option. The store-bought ones don’t tend to be the healthiest— especially the soy ones. So I added something easy, with veggies and it’s fryable and delicious too. 🙂
Veggie (Chickpea) Patties via Oh Dear Drea
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
2 garlic cloves
⅓ cup fresh or frozen corn
½ cup fresh or frozen and thawed peas
Large handful of fresh herbs (I like to use basil, oregano, and/or thyme)
One to two large handfuls of spinach (optional)
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 small onion, small diced
½ teaspoon spicy smoked Spanish paprika (optional)
½ teaspoon cumin (optional)
3 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Salt and black pepper to taste
Olive oil for cooking
1. In a food processor, blend together the chickpeas, garlic, corn, peas, herbs, and spinach (if using) for a few minutes, until smooth.
2. Add the carrots, onion, spices, bread crumbs, and flour to the food processor and blend together. Turn out the mixture into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Form the mixture into patties (we like to make 3½-inch [9 cm] patties) and fry until golden, 3 to 5 minutes per side. You can cook a few at a time, but keep in mind that they’re much easier to flip when you have more space! Do not fuss with the burgers while they’re cooking; flip them just once, very carefully.
Makes 6 large patties.
TIP: These are great for freezing—you’ll never need to buy a processed veggie burger again! Once the patties have fully cooled, individually wrap each one and place in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for later. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, reheat on the stove in an oiled pan or in the oven on low heat until heated through.