Pumpkin-Chickpea Scramble

My wonderful friend Simone is here visiting me this weekend! The morning before she arrived, I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. Whenever I make those muffins, I end up with the rest of the can of pumpkin and I have to figure out something new to do with it. I often like to make Pumpkin Tofu Scramble for breakfast, but today I wanted to try something different, and I was really in the mood for chickpeas, so I got the idea to adapt it for a chickpea scramble. Here it is!

close-up on a bowl of pumpkin-chickpea scramble with spinach leaves and brown basmati rice, and a fork

1 Tbsp or so olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 15oz can chickpeas (~2 cups cooked chickpeas), drained and rinsed
a few tablespoons apple cider vinegar
some form of soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 Tbsp powdered sage
2 tsp powdered thyme
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup nutritional yeast or more if you feel like it needs it
hot sauce, chili powder, whatever you like to use to make things hot (I use Vulcan’s Fire Salt or nothing at all if you’re not into that
a few handfuls of spinach leaves or whatever veggies you like in your scramble

Heat the olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Saute the onions for a few minutes. While the onions are sauteing, put the chickpeas in a bow with some apple cider vinegar and soy sauce or liquid aminos, and mash them up. They don’t have to be completely mashified, just as mashy as you want them. Add the garlic to the saute pan, give it about a minute, then add the chickpeas and the spices (including hot sauce if you’re using it). Stir this all together. Add the pumpkin puree and some more apple cider vinegar and/or soy sauce, and the nutritional yeast. Continue stirring and adding liquid and/or nutritional yeast until it reaches the texture you want. Stir in the spinach leaves (if you’re using tougher veggies, you might want to add them sooner so they have a chance to cook more). Serve with toast, rice, or whatever grainy thing you enjoy.

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