Socca is a savory chickpea pancake enjoyed as a street food snack in Nice, France. Here, we’ve repurposed it as a protein-rich pizza base. You could choose to top it like a classic pizza, but this fresh take makes eating your greens a whole lot more interesting.
Make the socca batter: In bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, water, 1 Tbsp oil, garlic, oregano, and salt until well combined. Set aside for 1 hour. While waiting, make dressing and tempeh.
Make the creamy cheeze dressing: In blender, combine cashews, 6 Tbsp crumbled tofu, garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, tahini, miso, water, maple syrup, mustard, nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and fold in green onion and remaining tofu. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the smoky tempeh bits: Preheat oven broiler and position oven rack about 6 inches from broiler element.
Toss 1/2 tsp oil and tempeh together on small baking tray or in ovenproof frying pan. Broil, stirring once or twice, until lightly golden brown, about 6 minutes total. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, whisk together tamari, maple syrup, paprika, and garlic powder. Add warm tempeh and stir to evenly coat in sauce. Tempeh should absorb all the sauce. Transfer tempeh back to baking sheet and broil again, stirring once or twice, until crisp, about another 4 minutes. Allow bits to cool to room temperature on baking tray, stirring occasionally. If not using right away, bits may be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Bake the socca: When socca batter has rested for 1 hour, place 10 inch cast-iron pan under broiler and allow to warm for 5 minutes.
Remove pan from oven. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to hot pan and swirl to coat bottom. Pour in socca batter and place back under broiler until socca is set and edges are lightly browned and pulling away from sides of pan, about 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in pan before transferring to platter.
Assemble the salad: Just before serving, top socca with lettuce, tomatoes, and onion. Drizzle with about half the creamy cheeze dressing and garnish with half the smoky tempeh bits. Save remaining dressing and bits for another use. Finish with some freshly ground black pepper, if desired, and serve.
Tip: Unadorned socca is also a great accompaniment to other dishes. Try serving it alongside chili, soups, or stews. You can even enjoy it as a snack sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and chopped herbs like rosemary, parsley, or chives.
A tribute to the bounty and beauty of nature, this chocolate bark is studded with nuts, seeds, and berries and flavoured with the warming spices of ginger and cinnamon. Adding sweet paprika and chili also gives an interesting kick to a winter favourite. Cut back on the red pepper flakes if you prefer a less spicy version. Chocolate contains tryptophan—an essential amino acid—that helps our brain produce serotonin. Eating chocolate is a delicious way to get a mood boost, which can help lift our spirits when sunlight levels are low. Food of the Gods In the taxonomy of plants, the cacao plant, from which chocolate is derived, is called Theobroma cacao. Theobroma comes from Greek for “food of the gods.” Cacao comes from the Mayan word for the plant.
Up your omega-3 intake with these easy-to-make salmon parchment pockets. The sockeye fillets are first rubbed with a marinade of juniper berries, citrus zest, and garlic before being enclosed in parchment. Juniper has a strong and piney flavour and lends a unique tang to this dish. It also contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure to capture the juices that arise during steaming. No mortar and pestle? Crush juniper berries by laying them between two sheets of parchment and bashing them gently with a rolling pin.
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