A Vegan Plan B

img_1069You forgot to buy an essential ingredient, the evening didn’t go as you had planned, you screwed up the dinner you were going to cook, or you simply can’t be asked. Let’s face it, cooking is part of life and, as such, doesn’t always work out the way you’d like (while at other times it’s so much better than you’d ever hoped). So you need a Plan B; a meal that you can throw together in no time at all, is tasty and prevents you from ordering out.

As a vegetarian (and probably even as an ominvore before that), my Plan B usually involved two eggs, a frying pan and two slices of bread. With eggs off the menu, I had to find something different but preferably similar for those times when I need a quick and easy meal. So I give you the vegan omelette, made with a chickpea flour batter. Of course I don’t claim to have invented this dish (plenty of versions of it on the Internet), but this is my take on it.

I’ve used mushrooms, onion and pepper here, but you can of course use any (left-over) veg you’d like. You could also add dried or fresh, chopped herbs to the batter.

Ingredients

Vegetables
5 medium mushrooms, halved, each half chopped into 6 pieces (but depending on the shape and size of the mushrooms)
½ large onion, finely chopped
½ red pepper, (sort of) finely chopped
garlic oil

For the batter
50 g chickpea flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
salt and pepper, to taste
anywhere between 70-90 mls of water (or more, depending on your flour. You’ll want it to resemble a pancake batter, so you can pour it into the pan)
flavourless vegetable oil

Preparation

– In a medium-sized skillet, fry the veg in the garlic oil till cooked.
– Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients for the batter in a bowl (don’t add the water yet).
– Put the cooked vegetables on a plate and set aside.
– While heating the flavourless oil in the same pan, make the batter by adding the water and whisking.
– Pour it into the pan and quickly spread it out by turning the pan this way and that.
– Now, also quickly, distribute the vegetables over the omelette.
– Turn the heat down to low and cook for 5 minutes.
– Slide it out of the pan (the edges may stick a bit, gently loosen them with a spatula) and eat.

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5 thoughts on “A Vegan Plan B

  1. I was wondering how you’re coping with all the vito’d ingredients now. I know it’s all for the greater good and a moral conscious is arguably more important than cheese and eggs on one’s dinner plate but I still admire you for cutting out those delicious things Joost. I like the look of your pancake – it’s similar to my Indian one so with a few spices you can change up the flavours easily. I was pinning loads of paneer dishes this morning and was about to tag you then I realised you can’t have that anymore – we’re going to have to work tofu to the max!

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