Festive Chickpea Roast w/ Miso Gravy

Ah, the holidays. It’s an annual event; a period that allows for legitimate excuses to imbibe, indulge and go overboard with all things decadent. Gingerbread, cider, candy canes, hot cocoa, and shortbread; the list goes on and on! Let me first say, that there is NO shame in enjoying all that comes with this time of year. Heck, I actually tried to commence a 12 day cleanse yesterday, but awoke this morning thinking, "what the HECK am I doing!?"! I am supposed to revel in the 12 days of Christmas, not restrict and deny (full disclosure, the Wild Rose Herbal Cleanse I was going to start is not at all difficult, as you still get to enjoy most of the foods we love!).

And what other traditional ingredients really say “festive season”? Well, dried fruit and all your usual poultry seasonings; rosemary, thyme and sage. And who can forget citrus, cinnamon and roasted chestnuts!

My mission: create a tasty main dish to share over the holidays that included all of the flavours familiar to everyone this time of year, vegan and omnivore alike. I also wanted a dish that would please even the most particular of palates (like those of my young veggie-hating nephews) and that would still express my playfulness when it comes creating full on collisions of different classical cuisines. So what did I come up with? A delightfully simple seasonal roast with deeply complex sweet and savoury flavours to boot. A dish that I can already say will make a repeat appearance on my holiday table for many years to come.

(originally publiched in Village Living Magazine)

Festive Chickpea Roast w/ Miso Gravy

2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 stack celery, diced

1 lrg carrot, grated

1 C button mushrooms, diced

½ C Vegan veggie stock powder

1 T fresh sage, minced (about 3 leaves)

1 T fresh rosemary, minced

1 T fresh thyme, stem removed

2 T chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 T fresh lemon zest

1 T ground cinnamon

2 T sunflower seeds