Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spinach Chickpea Triangles

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Part of my job includes the analysis of daycare menus to make sure they are in keeping with the Canada Food Guide. You'd think this would be enjoyable, what with me being all into food and everything. Usually, though, it is a bit depressing. And then I try to talk people out of feeding children hotdogs.

One of the things that I was told by my nutritional contact at the Public Health department was that I should encourage daycare cooks to pack as many food groups as they can into each snack that is provided (they are required to provide a morning and afternoon snack as well as a lunch every day). I now require each snack to have at least two food groups represented and I tell them to ideally shoot for three.

This has, of course, seeped into my own life. I am especially delighted when I can concoct snacks that hit on three food groups. Like these awesome, awesome spinach pies. Legumes! Spinach! Grains! Woot!

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Spinach Chickpea Triangles

First! Make this excellent pizza dough from Barbara Kingsolver's website. (or you can just use whatever pizza dough you usually buy/make)

Then! Make the filling:

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium sized onion, chopped
four cups of spinach, chopped roughly
1 can's worth of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil over medium high heat, add onions and saute for a few minutes until they soften. Add all other ingredients and stir until the spinach has wilted. With a potato masher or a fork, smush it all up a few times so some of the chickpeas get crushed.

When the dough has risen, roll it out into thin, flat circles. I grabbed chunks that were bigger than golf balls, but smaller than my fist and those seemed to work out just fine.

And if you don't have a rolling pin, an empty vodka bottle makes a good one. It also makes it seem like your life is waaaay more debaucherous than it actually is.

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Place a big spoonful of filling in the centre of each dough circle and fold the sides of the circle inwards so they overlap and turn the whole thing into a triangle.

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Sprinkle some cornmeal or breadcrumbs on a baking sheet before you put the pies on it. Do it! Or your pies will stick and you will have to saw away at them with a spatula and all the joy of making such great snacks with be tainted by hardship. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.

Bake them at 350 until they start to brown. Probably ten minutes or so, depending on your oven.

Some notes:

-Can anyone tell me why my sidebar is suddenly waaaay down there? It used to be, well, on the side. Where a sidebar should be. (edited to add: What?! Now it's back in place. Maybe I should blog about some other problems and see if they magically correct themselves.)

-Welcome to everyone who came here from Yeah, That Vegan Shit because Lindy said my blog name was cute! Hooray! Vegan traffic!

-These pies are excellent dipped in hummus. Especially if you are stuck in day-long computer application training and the "lunch will be provided" lunch is turkey sandwiches. Yuck.

J.

9 comments:

A_and_N said...

I love this recipe man! I should so try this. You are so right about the nutrition value!

Pomegranate said...

Yum! Looks awesome!

Asteroidea Press said...

I'm definitely going to make these. I bet they'd freeze well too, and then you could, say, have them in the freezer at work so as to prevent your self from eating the wrinkly apple on the "community" shelf in the fridge in desperation.

First guess about the side bar is that your new picture is taking up more room. Next time I'm in the same room as your computer, I'd be happy to poke around in your code.

Heh.

Jo Stockton said...

Thanks everyone!

I think I've figured out the sidebar thing, it only jumps down to the bottom when the main page is displaying a post that I put up while I was in the States. Weird, but solvable.

J.

a said...

Those look incredible!! :)

allularpunk said...

these look great. love your rolling pin :)

Anonymous said...

Wowza!!!! These look freaking fantastic - I'm definitely going to make them.

maya938 said...

I had been planning to try this recipe since I snagged it last month. I finally worked up the courage to make the dough this weekend (not sure why yeast intimidated me but it did). Super EASY and SO DELICIOUS! I added mushrooms and onions, and topped it with marinara sauce. MMM. You're right about these being the perfect leftovers for the brown bag lunch. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Not only did you get me over the hurdle on the yeast thing, I now have a handy go-to lunch recipe that I'm sure I will be using in variations for years to come.

Kate said...

Once again, an easy recipe with stellar results (I used a different dough recipe). It is the second vegan recipe of yours I have made with outstanding success--looking forward to more. Thanks!
Kate