Sweet Potato and Chickpea Pie

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that since April this year I went vegetarian. I will write another post about that soon and my reasons why. So since then, i have been getting more and more creative with our dinners and I have to say, my boys are loving their food and thriving.

I first tried going vegetarian about 9 years ago, but I remember returning to meat as the vegetarian food available and also the recipes that I had to hand were so bland and there wasn’t much variety. Fortunately now, being vegetarian/vegan has never been easier. I actually never planned to go vegetarian this year but the food is just too good not to eat, I would even say that I actually eat more vegan than vegetarian.

Last week, the weather started to get colder and I fancied some warming, comfort food. So let me introduce to the sweet potato and chickpea pie that I made. (I apologise now for the standard of photos, I am not a food photographer!)

The pie was quick and easy to make and was well received by all the family (not a crumb was left on our plates).

I sauteed one red onion, 1/3 orange pepper and 1/3 yellow pepper in a frying pan with a little rapeseed oil.

Sauteed vegetables to go into the pie

I then made a Morrocan spice mix using whatever I had in my spice rack. This is what I put in the mix:

Morrocan Spice Mix
  • smoked paprika
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • all spice
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground chilli (small amount)

Once I was happy with the mixture of spices, I added this to the sauteed vegetables and let it cook for 1-2 minutes more.

The thing I am finding with vegetarian/vegan cooking is you need to get creative and add lots of different flavours. Recently I visited Lidl and picked up some of these jarred roasted peppers and sun dried tomatoes. I rinse them, chop them up and add them to whatever I am cooking for another level of flavour.

roasted red peppers to go in the pie

This is the easy part, in a large saucepan add 1 tin of chickpeas, 1 container of passata, the sauteed, spiced vegetable mix, the roasted peppers/sun-dried tomatoes and finally add 2 medium (or 1 large) sweet potato.

filing for the sweet potato and chickpea pie

I gave it a good stir and covered. I cooked the pie filling on low until the sweet potato was almost cooked (about 20 minutes).

ingredients cooking on stove for sweet potato and chickpea pie

Once the mixture was cooked through, I transferred the mixture to an ovenproof dish and added some premade shortcrust pastry. This was baked on 180 for about 30-35 minutes.

baked sweet potato and chickpea pie

I wasn’t following a recipe and hadn’t made this before so I was a bit nervous about how this would turn out. Fortunately, it was really tasty and we all enjoyed it. As it was a healthier pie as far as pies go, we served the pie with chips and peas.

served up sweet potato and chickpea pie

The best thing about cooking healthy meals from scratch is watching your children savour every bit of them. It makes all the time spent in the kitchen worthwhile.

This sweet potato and chickpea pie will definitely be going in our family recipe notebook as a keeper.

9 Comments

  1. 20th September 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’m also a vegetarian and this recipe sounds delicious! I love anything with pastry 🙂

  2. 21st September 2017 / 1:45 pm

    oh yum! We are not veggies but definitely meat reducers. So with pie season coming up this sounds like a good alternative x

  3. 21st September 2017 / 9:17 pm

    THis sounds yummy! As a vegetarian, I love veggie curries for the lovely and warm spices. Saving your recipe for later .

  4. 22nd September 2017 / 6:45 am

    Just imagining all those flavours and spices together bet it was so delicious!

  5. 22nd September 2017 / 8:19 pm

    This looks delicious!!! Definitely going to try this . We love sweet potato

  6. 23rd September 2017 / 11:29 am

    This looks so yummy! I’ve been trying to go veggie at least one night a week and this looks like a good recipe to start on , especially on these colder nights!

  7. 25th September 2017 / 12:14 pm

    YUM! This came at a great time as we have decided to have one vegetarian meal a week just to save a little money as we eat so much meat! This sounds delicious!

  8. 25th September 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I’ve not really thought about combining these ingredients before but it looks delicious!

  9. 26th September 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Good on you for taking the step to become vegetarian. I have been vegetarian since I was 12 and eat mostly vegan – it is definitely easier now in terms of what you can buy in supermarkets and when eating out. Like you say though, you need to be creative when cooking in terms of the herbs, spices and flavours you use. And also look at creating whole dishes rather than just substituting meat in a meat dish. The pie looks yummy!

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