BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Growing up, one of my favorite pizzas was the BBQ chicken pizza from a restaurant chain in California. It was so simple. Delicious crust, BBQ sauce, chicken, red onions, and cilantro.
While you can easily replicate a very delicious BBQ veggie pizza, I decided to introduce those flavors into something completely different and it turns out BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes go incredibly well together.
This recipe is nice and simple. While cooking the sweet potatoes takes a bit of time, they are easy to prep, pop into the oven, and then find something to do for an hour while they bake (we went on a walk).
The toppings just take a few minutes to warm up or cook.
There are two ways you could prepare these.
#1 is to dice the red onion and use it as a raw topping (this is great if you are a fan of raw onions)
#2 is to saute the red onion in slices with the mushrooms (if using) before adding the chickpeas and BBQ sauce. This softens the texture and the flavor of the potent red onions.
It's really up to you and your preference!
I think you could even be lazy and just heat up some vegetarian baked beans and end up with something very similar and delicious! Nonetheless, I decided to use the humble and healthy chickpea for this recipe.
Don't have any BBQ sauce on hand? Did you know it's relatively easy to make at home? The core ingredients are ketchup or tomato sauce, some kind of sweetener, some spices, and voila? If you are out or want more control over what's being put into your BBQ sauce, here is a delicious recipe by Gimme Some Oven for Homemade BBQ Sauce.
This is a great weeknight meal as it's pretty easy to prep. It's also gluten-free and hopefully child-friendly as well!
Here's how you make it!
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