brown rice bowl with vegetables & roasted chickpeas

Sometimes when I’m getting dinner ready I don’t even have a plan about what’s going to happen. A few frantic moments to quickly catalogue what’s the cupboard and fridge and something should happen. But sometimes it doesn’t. The other weekend, I cooked up some brown rice with the intention that whipping up some fried rice the following evening would be perfect. But I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make for dinner that night. I took stock and let a few ideas germinate and this is what I came up with.

This rice bowl is simple and delicious and I’ve really been digging on these healthy bowls lately as they’re filling and really quite flavourful. The roasted chickpeas added a spicy, nutty crunch to the dish while the vegetables were just simply sauteed. I used what vegetables were in my crisper but this is highly adaptable, so throw in what you like! Cornelius topped his dish with a bit of soy sauce, but I used some mango chutney and a bit of hot sauce on mine. Delicious!

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37 comments to “brown rice bowl with vegetables & roasted chickpeas”

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    VeggieGirl   March 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm


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    Not Another Omnivore   March 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try some roasted chickpeas for awhile now…I saw them on another blog and these look just as good! Must get on that…


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    Bijoux   March 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    yum, yum, yum, yum…what more can I say?

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    Summer   March 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing something with that tin of chickpeas in my pantry – now I know what we’ll have for dinner tonight.


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    Culinary Wannabe   March 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    This is exactly what I need. I went on a Southern food rampage this morning, and for the first time ever my body is actually craving veggies.

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    Dana Treat   March 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I love rice bowls and never make them. Thanks for the inspiration. Everything is better with chickpeas in my opinion.

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    lisaiscooking   March 24, 2009 at 5:55 am

    The roasted chickpeas look fantastic!

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    eatme_delicious   March 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Mmm this looks good. I’ve been wanting to make some sort of roasted chickpeas!

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    Hayley   March 24, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I too love these bowls you’ve been posting. They are exactly what I look for in a meal. And the roasted chickpeas are genius. I’ll be making this over the weekend for sure. Thanks, I’m headed over to your interview now!

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    Joy the Baker   March 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    you had me at ‘roasted chickpea’!

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    Marta   March 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

    These look fantastic, I love anything with chickpeas!

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    Crystal   March 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

    This looks so yummy… Justin and I were just talking about how we could easily eat brown rice with fresh veggies/beans/cheese every night of the week.

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    Maggie   March 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Mmm. Love the idea of the curry paste on the chickpeas. All I have is green curry paste, but I bet it would still be good.

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    Samantha   March 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Mmm, I love roasted chickpeas. We usually toss them with nutritional yeast, black pepper, and olive oil. I like the curry paste idea!

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    laura   March 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    OH, I’ve been on a crazy chickpea kick lately ( This looks so yummy, especially the veggies!

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    Dawn   March 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Oh man would I love this!
    Chickpeas are so versatile, I just love that. But you know the best part of eating foods just like this is the fact that your sugar cravings are just gone, plus this will hold you for hours on end.

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    jodye   March 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    This looks divine! I’ve have such a craving for both chickpeas and zucchini recently- looks like you gave me my answer

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    Rootbeer Racinette   March 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    looks delicious! I`m always looking for new ways to use chickpeas!

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    Cakespy   March 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Oh holy crap does that look good. I adore chickpeas, and this looks like a great new way to make them (I always make them the same way…must get out of the rut!).

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    kickpleat   March 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    VeggieGirl, it is indeed goodness through and through!

    Naomni, they’re so worth it…and it’s such little effort!

    Bijoux, it’s definitely yum!

    Summer, let me know how it goes!

    Haha, this is perfect for relieving over-indulgences.

    I agree, Dana!

    Thanks, lisa!

    Eatme, go for it. They’re delicious.

    Thanks Hayley, I love these bowls too!

    Joy, that’s all I need to say!

    Thanks Marta!

    Yes, me too, Crystal!

    Maggie, I think it would be great with green curry paste! Try it and see!

    Samantha, I always make roasted chickpeas differently, tho I’ve never used nutritional yeast on them!

    I never get tired of chickpeas either, Laura!

    Dawn, totally! Perfect fill your stomach (not your pants) food!

    Jodye, I’m not even a huge zucchini fan and I loved this!

    Thanks Rootbeer!

    Yes, out of your rut, cakespy!!

    Yay, thanks Katerina, I’ve been doing well on the blog luck lately!

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    redmenace   March 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I keep seeing roasted chickpeas. I must do this! Yours look fantastic!

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    Katerina   March 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Kickpleat, shoot me an email you won a bottle of POM!

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    Miss Kate   March 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Mmm! Yet another thing to do with chickpeas! I’m setting some garbanzos to soak as soon as I get home from work!

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    Sarena Shasteen   March 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Wow, this looks so good! Definitely one of those meals that I look forward to trying!

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    Cata   March 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I just discover your blog, and love it! I´ll be reading it all over to the begining, good luck.!!
    Great pictures!

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    donna@stuffcookswant   March 26, 2009 at 8:09 am

    The chickpeas look delish!! Gotta try ‘em.

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    Daily Spud   March 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    How is it, with the amount of chickpeas I ingest, that I’ve never tried roasting ‘em? Hmmm. I’ll have to have a word with myself about that one!

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    Sarah   March 27, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I heart chickpeas like this! Nice pic!

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    Scott   March 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    One can never have too many chickpea recipes. I’ve added this one to my list.

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    kickpleat   March 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks redmenace, roasted chickpeas are awesome.

    Indeed donna, enjoy!

    Miss Kate, you’re better than I am. I just open a can!

    Sarena, it’s definitely delicious.

    Thanks tarteria!

    Daily Spud, I’m shocked! They’re fab. I’m sure you’ll love them.

    Thanks Sarah.

    It’s true! I love chickpeas too, Scott.

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    Ryan   April 1, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Delicous recipe. Keep them comin

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    Pierre 'Pepper' Lamielle   April 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Good gravy. those chickpeas are sexy… I bet you could just eat those like popcorn…
    The salad looks suitably refreshing and although it appears to be teetering on the edge of healthy, it looks like it’s got a firm footing on the delicious side.

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    kickpleat   April 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Will do, Ryan!

    Pierre, you can definitely eat the roasted chickpeas like popcorn. Makes a great snack.

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    Kristen   April 21, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I wanted to let you know I tried this recipe last night, and it was delish. I have leftovers, and it’s hard not to gobble them up!

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    Tara   March 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I made a variation of this dish tonite and loved it! I used red chard and mushrooms for veggies and added a sqeeze of lime juice at the end. Yum! Thank you!

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    Cynthia   August 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    What kind of hot sauce do you use for this? Thanks.

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    kickpleat   August 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi Cynthia, I usually use what I have around: either sriracha or Frank’s Red Hot, though sometimes I use one from Portland called Ardvark which is very good too (but hard to come by from here).

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