Friday, July 19, 2013

Desperation Garbanzos

It was a Saturday afternoon, and I was on the hunt for something to feed the fam for lunch.  Things were low in the pantry, but I didn't want to make a run to the store.  I was feeling desperate.  What to do, what to make?  Eight eyes were expectantly staring at me, almost audibly demanding, "Food!  We want food!  And not toast and cereal either!  Make something, Woman of the House, and make it good."  Gulp, oh, yes, the desperation was increasing.  Let's see, I had cans of garbanzos but no tahini - not gonna have hummus.  I had a strange bunch of just celery leaves I picked up at the Farmer's Market.  How to combine...  No potatoes, but rice is located, yes!  It's coming together...  I began sauteing, chopping, stirring, seasoning, and before I knew it, I had a dish, and not just any dish, but a dish that those demanding eyes would approve of.  I had...Desperation Garbanzos!  Read below to see how you too can make this awesomely satisfying dish that I will definitely be making again.

Desperation Garbanzos


1 Tbs. canola oil
1/2 red onion, diced
2 - 15oz. cans garbanzo beans, drained
1 and 1/2 cup celery greens, chopped (or celery if you don't have enough greens)
10 mint leaves, chopped
1 - 11 oz. of your favorite peanut sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Jasmine rice


In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute for five minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another five minute over medium heat.  Lower heat to medium low and simmer for another fifteen minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Serve over rice.  Very flavorful!  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. Desperation meals often turn out to be the best!

  2. Haha! Yep, that's how most of my meals are made...out of desperation. :)

  3. This sounds delish! I'll definitely keep this in mind so the next time desperation hits the house it won't be so bad! x

  4. Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?

  5. Chickpeas have rescued me on many an occasion. Hail to the mighty chickpea!

  6. Susan, I agree!

    Sage, how stressful! :-)

    Claire, yes, this was so good. I think you and hubs would like this.

    SV, love those 80's.

    Andrea, they are a wonderful staple to keep on hand, that's for sure.

  7. I love the title! Great recipe and an awesome use of chickpeas.

  8. Ha - I think the name belies the actual dish! If you'd have called it 'the lazy Sunday afternoon garbanazos' I wouldn't have known any different!

  9. Diane, thank you! I'm glad you got to see one of my healthier recipes. :-)

    Joey, oh, the name suits it, believe me. I was desperate and very thankful for those garbanzos. :-)

  10. oooh this sounds like a fabulous crowd pleaser!

  11. I didn't know people ate celery leaves, ha! Good to know!

  12. Jenny, but, of course! Give them a try.