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Smokey Chickpea and Corn Fritters

These delicious fritters are the perfect lunch. They are so easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge to grab for lunch. You can eat them on a whole wheat bun, on top of a salad, or just on their own! Any way you choose to chow them down, your tummy and your mind will be happy 🙂

My Smokey Chickpea and Corn Fritters are great to keep your anxiety and stress at bay in the middle of the day (ha, I rhymed!) They have protein, healthy greens, and are low in sugar and carbs so your blood sugar levels don’t spike, which often causes increases in anxiety and stress levels. Picking smart lunches that will keep your anxiety under control are so important because your mind needs to be nourished properly to get you through the rest of the work or school day. We don’t want to have an anxiety attack, think about something stupid we did a year ago, or panic about the future when we still have things to get done. So, eating wholesome foods with anxiety-reducing ingredients for lunch can help you achieve a peaceful mind.

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Heat a pan on medium-low heat with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Mince the onions and garlic and cook with olive oil until slightly brown. Make sure your garlic doesn’t burn! If you’re worried your garlic may burn, add the garlic in a little later after the onion has cooked for a bit. Set aside and cool slightly.

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Drain and rinse chickpeas and place in a large bowl. Mash the chickpeas with a fork until most chickpeas form a “paste.” It’s ok to have some larger chunks as that will give your fitter great texture!

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Once mashed, add the rest of your ingredients except the egg – this way you can safely taste test the mixture to make sure it’s properly seasoned.

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Form into 5 patties, place on cookie tray or plate, and put in freezer to firm up before cooking – this is an important step to make sure your fritters won’t fall apart in the cooking process – at least 15 minutes

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In the same pan, you used for the onions and garlic, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Cook fritter on each side until golden brown – about 3-5 minutes on each side

I served mine on a bed of arugula dressed with olive oil and lemon. I topped it with some chopped tomatoes and herbed goat cheese! It was a light, delicious, and filling lunch.

Let me know how you like to eat yours below 🙂

I hope you have an awesome stress-free and anxiety-free day. And if you don’t, just remember you’re in control of your mind. Do something distracting, peaceful. If you can distract yourself and quiet your mind for just 2 minutes, that’s better than 0 minutes!

Anxiety Fighting Ingredients

  • Turmeric
  • Egg
  • Leafy greens – arugula
  • Garlic
  • Protein-rich chickpeas

Smokey Corn and Chickpea Fritters

Print Recipe
Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 25

Ingredients

  • 15-ounce can of chickpeas
  • ½ small onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • Olive oil, for cooking

Instructions

1

Heat a pan on medium-low heat with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

2

Mince the onions and garlic and cook with olive oil until slightly brown.

3

Drain and rinse chickpeas and place in a large bowl

4

Mash the chickpeas with a fork until most chickpeas form a “paste.” It’s ok to have some larger chunks as that will give your fitter great texture

5

Once mashed, add the rest of your ingredients except the egg

6

Form into 5 patties, place on cookie tray or plate, and put in freezer to firm up before cooking - at least 15 minutes

7

In the same pan, you used for the onions and garlic, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat

8

Cook fritter on each side until golden brown – about 3-5 minutes on each side