One of my amazing discoveries since changing to a Vegetarian diet has been Chickpea flour (aka garbanzo bean flour). It is so versatile, packed with protein and fiber and is also gluten free. In my book that has blue ribbon ingredient written all of over it for sure!
I really had never even tried chickpea flour or even knew it existed before so it was definitely a little bit of an experiment the first time I attempted to try it. Since it is a type of flour, it gave me so many ideas of how I could use it but first I had to taste it. Well let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had so much flavor and was so easy to work with. You can really get that crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside type of experience with it. Because of that I decided to use it in place of eggs to make an omelet. It quickly became one of my number one favorite recipes.
This omelet is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner or a quick snack. It is so simple and quick to make that even my kids (who are 2 and 4) sometimes help me make it. I have found it is a good way to teach them about spices and how important it is to flavor your food. Chickpea flour loves and needs spices, similar to potatoes, it really absorbs the additional flavor that any spices you add have. Here I used turmeric, oregano, onion powder and garlic powder but you can certainly switch these out based on your own personal tastes.
You can also use any vegetables you have on hand. I used zucchini and onion since those are my favorites in this recipe and work really well together. I like to dice my veggies small in recipes like this to allow them to cook faster and at the same time since they are the same size. I also think diced veggies look better for presentation in an omelet. As a side note, if you are trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables and fruits, try dicing them into small little pieces. Kids love small food that they can easily pick up so it may entice them to try it rather than push it away.
I have also used this recipe for entertaining by placing a few of these on a cake stand and toping them with diced tomatoes, onion and parsley. It can make a really beautiful presentation and encourage people to try something new.
I encourage you to try this recipe out especially if you have never heard of or tasted chickpea flour before. It may end up becoming a pantry staple for you like it has for me.
- 1/4 cup Chickpea flour (aka garbanzo bean flour)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
- 1/2 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 cup diced zucchini
- 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon diced red onion
- 1 tablespoon diced cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
- 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- juice of half a lime
- Olive oil cooking spray
- In a small bowl combine the chickpea flour and warm water and whisk.
- Add in the turmeric, garlic and onion powder, oregano, a tsp of the olive oil and salt and pepper. Whisk all ingredients to combine. Set aside to thicken.
- Heat a medium skillet on the stove to medium - high heat and spray the pan with a little olive oil spray. Add the diced onion and zucchini. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper and cook until translucent. Remove from heat.
- Combine the zucchini and onion to the chickpea flour batter. Add in a drizzle of olive oil.
- Heat the pan you used for the veggies to low heat and add the chickpea omelet mixture to the pan and spread into a circular shape.
- Cover the pan and cook on low for 10-15 minutes. Run a rubber spatula around the outside of the omelet to prevent sticking and turn halfway through cooking time.
- Once fully cooked, remove from pan.
- While the omelet is cooling, combine the diced red onion, cherry tomatoes, parsley, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a small dish and mix together. Top the omelet with this mixture and squeeze the juice of one lime over it. Enjoy!
- When flipping the omelet over, if it sticks to the pan it usually is an indication that it is not ready so wait a few more seconds and retry if it sticks.