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It’s happened. It’s officially fall here in NYC. The temperature is slowly dropping, and more days then not it’s raining. Before we know it it will be Halloween and then Thanksgiving and just like that the year is over! It’s crazy how fast this time of year seems to go.
In Brewing Happiness land the switch to fall means I’ve started to think about holiday prep/recipes already. That’s where the idea for this Blender Chickpea Gravy came from. It’s SUUUUPER easy to make, and it’s a good vegan option to have around for the holidays.
Since I don’t have holiday food around to use the gravy with I was lucky that Alpha Foods just released their line of plant-based Handheld Pot Pies! They have a BUNCH of flavors (see the photo below), and I’m so excited to have them in my freezer for an easy comfort meal. I’ve seriously eaten them for dinner at least once a week since I got them. The crust is SO GOOD. So flaky and perfect. And with the chickpea gravy on top – I MEAN COME ON. It’s too good.
If you’re a meat eater and thinking why in the heck would I want a plant-based pot pie, well I’ve got some reasons for you…
- HANDHELD. Aka. personal sized so you can grab-and-go!
- QUICK. Just pop ’em in the oven or microwave and you’ve got lunch or dinner covered in as little as 2 minutes.
- DELICIOUS. With six great flavors that are SUPER unique, there’s an option for everyone to enjoy. I highly recommend eating the chickpea gravy with the Spinach and Feta, Chick’n Pesto or Chick’n Veggie flavors.
- PLANT POWERED. Non-GMO + sustainably sourced + plant powered protein = better for you and the planet. (Did I mention how delicious they are!?)
So there you have it – a new easy recipe to add to your Thanksgiving list, PLUS a new comfort food to keep in your fridge at all times. And since the gravy is so easy to make, you can whip up a new batch whenever you get a pot pie hankering! Stay warm and enjoy. xo.
Blender Chickpea Gravy
This Blender Chickpea Gravy is the perfect holiday alternative for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Plus it's delicious on Alpha Foods Vegan Pot Pies!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp chickpea flour
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
In a small pot, heat vegetable broth to a near-boil over high heat.
Meanwhile, heat a pan over medium heat with olive oil, yellow onion, and garlic. Toss often for 2-4 minutes, or until very translucent.
Transfer vegetable broth, sautéd onions and garlic, chickpeas, chickpea flour, sage, and thyme to a blender. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
Pour over your pot pie or whatever else you want!
Fall is a beautiful and also transitory time. Leaves are changing. Days get shorter. Skies get darker. I feel overwhelmingly nostalgic around this time.
It’s hit me recently how strange it is that the whole climate changes, plants die, animals hibernate, colors change, and we are expected to remain steady. Each season, the world changes around us, and yet -somehow- we aren’t supposed to shift with it. This is even more revelatory for me, because I struggle with S.A.D.
The seasons change, and my internal clock shifts too. I crave more carbs (hello Handheld Pot Pies!) It’s harder to wake up. Harder to get up and workout. Harder to find the light, literally and metaphorically. I fight exhaustion. More than that, I fight the guilt of these changes.
It’s not everyday. It’s not always a stark change. But at times it’s a struggle. Recently, it’s been a struggle. But I’m less concerned with the struggle. It will be there. I’ve developed tactics to deal with that. It’s the guilt of it all I’ve become interested in.
We accept that the weather shifts. We accept and never question the drop in temperature. There are real life CHANGES happening all around us, and yet we feel immense guilt if we need to change the way we function with the seasons. That’s crazy to me.
Don’t get me wrong, guilt is a hard thing to rid yourself of, but couldn’t it start with simply giving ourselves permission to act differently with the seasons? For me, I’m talking about literal seasons, but if that doesn’t effect you think of it as seasons of your life or seasons of the heart. Why should we have to act the same all year round if life is constantly shifting around us?
It’s a crazy standard we hold ourselves to. So maybe we begin this season by giving ourselves permission to function differently within *this season* of our lives. Knowing it will change again. Knowing this isn’t forever.
I’m not telling you to use the weather as permission to call out of work, and excuse yourself from life. Rather, I’m simply saying – be gentle. You’re going through changes. That’s okay. xo.