One of my favorite cold weather foods as a kid was chicken and dumplings. My trainer likes to refer to such foods as “beige food” because in the midwest in the 80s, we all survived on carby bready things! Well, not with this delicious, nutritious adaptation. It’s gluten free and instead uses protein-packed chickpea flour, and mushrooms which are a great source of b vitamins, potassium, selenium, and more protein. And we have not forgotten the vegetables! Plus, it’s oil free, soy free, and nut free! This is how we made it:
½ onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2-4 King oyster mushrooms, shredded (or use regular mushrooms, chopped)
1 cup frozen peas
Couple handfuls of spinach
6 cups vegetable stock
1 ½ tsp poultry seasoning
Pinch of cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ cups chickpea flour
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp warm water)
1/2 cup plant based milk
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat with about a tablespoon of water (or oil if you’re not avoiding). Add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery, and stir until they start to soften, or about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, poultry seasoning, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Continue cooking, adding more water if necessary, for a few more minutes. Add the peas, spinach, and vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, let’s mix up the star of the show, the dumplings! In a small bowl, assemble your flax egg. Let it sit up until it gets a little gummy, or for at least a few minutes. In a medium bowl, add the chickpea flour, tapioca starch, salt, and baking powder. Then add the flax egg, milk, and parsley. Stir until just mixed. Don’t overmix or your dumplings will be tough.
Once your soup has cooked for about 10 minutes, we can drop in the dumplings. Drop the dough in by a heaping teaspoon at a time, being careful not to get your dumplings too big. They will get bigger as they cook. Cover the soup with a lid, and steam cook the dumplings for 10 minutes. It will be tempting to take the lid off and look at those gorgeous dumplings, but you must resist the temptation.
Serve your chickpea dumplings up with pride and enjoy!
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