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Chickpea Mac Recipe-Budget & Kid-Friendly

All or nothing? How do you feel about that? For me, I think most lasting changes occur when we make smart, daily decisions that compound over time. I feel the same way about vegan eating.  I was a vegetarian for 2 years before deciding that vegan eating is best for me and my family. It took time for me to make that change.

What steps will you take consistently to change the way you eat over the next year? Will you skip the drive-thru of chicken sandwiches and fries for a homemade meal at home this week? Will you switch out your dairy milk for soy and/ or almond milk instead?

If you're conscious about those decisions, I promise you will change the way you eat for the better. Don't bet yourself up! Just be intentional about your meal planning, experiment and enjoy the journey.

Start with this quick and delicious chickpea mac. Everyone loves a budget-friendly meal and being kid-friendly is an awesome bonus. Let me know what you think once you try this recipe.


I really miss listening to music on Pandora and YouTube at home. It sure was awesome background noise while I cooked. Instead of posting the song I'm listening to while cooking (like I did a lot early last year), I will start posting the book I'm reading on recipe posts.

Currently Reading: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Thanks for reading!

Watch the YouTube video for this recipe below....

Chickpea Mac

by Brown Vegan

Keywords: vegan

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or vegan margarine
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • (1) 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • (1) 15 oz can chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni according to the directions on the label.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet with oil on medium heat and saute the onion for 9 minutes.

Add in the garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and black pepper and cook for 1 minute.

Then add in the crushed tomatoes and chickpeas, reduce the heat to med-lo and simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta and mix it in with the chickpea mixture.

Finally, mix in the parsley and serve.

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What's for Dinner? Creamy Vegan Sausage & Kale Pasta

It's been way too long since I've made a cooking video on my YouTube channel.  I finally got motivated to film yesterday and plan to get back into the full swing in the coming weeks.


I pulled together an awesome skillet meal heavily inspired by this creamy pasta recipe from Divas Can Cook.  Instead of using heavy cream and cheese I opted for canned coconut to give the pasta a delicious and creamy texture. You don't have to worry about an overwhelming coconut flavor in this recipe. I also used vegan sausage to make this meal completely plant-based, simple and delicious.


Why eat Hamburger Helper when you can put together a healthier skillet meal in less time?

My family approved of this meal and I know yours will too. Send me a picture on Twitter or Instagram when you make this dish. :-) 

Vegan Sausage & Kale Pasta

by Brown Vegan

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 3 cups mini bow-tie pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for sautéing)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 vegan sausage links (I use Field Roast), chopped
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk (add more, if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups raw kale, steams removed & ripped into bite-sized pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste (I add mine at the end)


Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, add in pasta and cook until al dente.

In a large skillet, sauté onion and garlic on medium heat until the onion is soft. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes. Next add in vegan sausage and tomato and warm together for about 3 minutes. Then stir in coconut milk and parsley and cook for 2 minutes. Mix in pasta and kale and finish cooking for 3-4 minutes medium heat.

Optional: Add in more coconut milk to make a creamier sauce

Season with salt and pepper if necessary

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