Chickpea-Spinach Sandwich and Cutlets

What would you like to have: sandwich, cutlets or both???…

Need a break from the usual chicken or turkey or beef sandwich? Try this protein rich and healthy vegetarian sandwich. It’s good to be a vegetarian at least once in a while.

Yesterday, after a heavy Easter lunch, one thing I was damn sure about was skipping the dinner. To burn all the calories, in the evening my husband and I went for power walking and running over the Pedestrian bridge. It was such a beautiful evening and we ran and walked for almost 2 hours. We felt really healthy and revitalized. As I had burned some calories, I felt I should have a simple salad for dinner. But, when I entered into my kitchen, I got attracted to the chickpea cans in my pantry. I couldn’t resist the chick peas, and ended up making a cutlet out of chickpeas and spinach. I just blindly added few ingredients and was pretty impressed by the outcome. I made a sandwich with this cutlet, also ate couple of the cutlets just as it was.

I had some leftover mashed potatoes from Saturday’s BBQ party, hence I smeared the sandwich bread with the leftover mashed potatoes. Placed the Chickpea and Spinach Cutlet between the breads and the next thing I did was open my mouth wide and took a huge bite of the sandwich.

Chickpea-Spinach Sandwich and Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas, canned- 1 can
  • Scallions, chopped- 1/4 cup
  • Spinach, fresh, rinsed- 1 cup
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Chili powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Bread crumbs- 1/4 cup
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Yogurt, fat-free, thick- 2 tbsp

Instruction:

  • Rinse the canned chickpeas under running water.

  • Place the chickpeas, scallions, cumin powder, chili powder, ground pepper and salt in a blender or food processor and coarsely ground it.

  • Transfer the ground mixture into a bowl.

  • Also, coarsely ground fresh spinach leaves separately.

  • Combine the ground chickpeas with the coarsely ground spinach.

  • Add the bread crumbs and yogurt to the mixture and combine well.
  • Taste it and adjust the spice and salt according to your needs.
  • Make medium sized patties out of the ground mixture.

  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, spray the pan with olive oil cooking spray.

  • Place the patties on the pan and cook both sides until it’s browned.

  • If the patties are too moist, add more of the bread crumbs to make it less moist.

Building the sandwich:

  • Toast the sandwich breads. I used Deli swirl rye and pump breads.

  • Smear the breads with mayonnaise. I smeared with mashed potatoes.

  • Place the chickpea and spinach cutlet between the breads, also place few spinach leaves on the bread and close the breads.

  • Next, open up your mouth and have a huge bite of this healthy sandwich.

Tips:

  • Don’t make the chickpea-spinach mixture too moist, add more of the bread crumbs if it’s moist.
  • You could substitute an egg for yogurt.
  • Enjoy the cutlets with tomato ketchup.

 

Chickpea-Spinach Sandwich and Cutlets
 
Ingredients
  • Chickpeas, canned- 1 can
  • Scallions, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Spinach, fresh, rinsed- 1 cup
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Chili powder- ¾ tsp
  • Bread crumbs- ¼ cup
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Yogurt, fat-free, thick- 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Rinse the canned chickpeas under running water.
  2. Place the chickpeas, scallions, cumin powder, chili powder, ground pepper and salt in a blender or food processor and coarsely ground it.
  3. Transfer the ground mixture into a bowl.
  4. Also, coarsely ground fresh spinach leaves separately.
  5. Combine the ground chickpeas with the coarsely ground spinach.
  6. Add the bread crumbs and yogurt to the mixture and combine well.
  7. Taste it and adjust the spice and salt according to your needs.
  8. Make medium sized patties out of the ground mixture.
  9. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, spray the pan with olive oil cooking spray.
  10. Place the patties on the pan and cook both sides until it's browned.
  11. If the patties are too moist, add more of the bread crumbs to make it less moist.
Building the sandwich
  1. Toast the sandwich breads. I used Deli swirl rye and pump breads.
  2. Smear the breads with mayonnaise. I smeared with mashed potatoes.
  3. Place the chickpea and spinach cutlet between the breads, also place few spinach leaves on the bread and close the breads.
  4. Next, open up your mouth and have a huge bite of this healthy sandwich.
Notes
Don't make the chickpea-spinach mixture too moist, add more of the bread crumbs if it's moist.
You could substitute an egg for yogurt.
Enjoy the cutlets with tomato ketchup.

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