Friday, April 6, 2012

Brooke Cooks - Chickpea Funa (Faux Tuna)

A tuna fish sandwich is an American classic, but as a vegetarian for nine years, I haven't had tuna in a while.  The best substitute?  This chickpea "funa" (my dad jokingly named it that - "faux tuna").  But "funa" isn't just for vegetarians.  Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres had a segment on her show about the harmful effects of fishing nets.  Watch the clip or learn more about that here.  According to "The Caretakers," "It is estimated that 308,000 dolphins and whales die because of fishing gear entanglement every year worldwide" ("The Caretakers").  This is a HUGE problem and something that we need to do something about.  We are losing about 1,000 dolphins and whales daily, just to satisfy the fishing industry and our appetites.  Our oceans are rich with plants and marine life, and we will lose those if we don't do something now.  One option is to cut back on the seafood we consume.  Just like Meatless Monday, we can have Fish-free Fridays.  And one way to do that is to try some new recipes.  Maybe this will even replace your go-to tuna fish sandwich!

Chickpea "Funa"
serves 2

You will need:
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (or the equivalent in dried chickpeas soaked overnight)
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1-2 Tablespoons sweet relish
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 slices bread

Pour drained, rinsed chickpeas into a bowl.  Using a potato masher, mash chickpeas completely. 

Next, add mayonnaise, relish, dill, and lemon juice.  Mix thoroughly.

Toast two slices of bread.  Spread chickpea mixture on bread, and enjoy.  This is also great in pita pockets!

Serve with a pickle and chips (I love Cape Cod chips!)

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this.  Thanks for doing your part to help reduce ocean devastation.


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