Being back in Victoria I had thought I would spend the first few days enjoying my favourite cafes and restaurants, taking a break from cooking (I have been on quite the culinary roll lately). That all changed after a quick stop at Lifestyle Market, and I found myself back in the kitchen tonight with a new recipe to try. I made Lemony Chickpea Stir-Fry from one of my favourite recipe webpages, 101 Cookbooks. I stumbled across this recipe about a month ago, but passed it by as I thought it might lack flavour with the simple ingredients. Also, I have to admit that kale is not a favourite of mine, so the minimal flavouring with the bitter greens was enough to turn me off. For some reason, I pulled up this recipe today and decided to give it a try.
I made a few substitutions: coconut oil in place of the ghee, shallots for the onions, smoked tempeh for the tofu, and I even took a big risk and doubled the kale. I also zested the entire lemon as I am on a bit of a lemon kick these days.
It turned out very well with a refreshing and not-too-tart lemon flavour and attractive mix of textures. I think Wendy would agree :-)
It was also incredibly simple and was easily prepared start-to-finish in about 15 minutes.
I would definitely make this again but might try switching up some of the veggies next time (maybe broccoli?).
I realize I need to work on my food photography as the finished photo does not make this dish look overly appetizing. I promise it tastes much better than it looks!