Hey Everyone I'm Verna! Welcome to The Cheeky Chickpea Vegan Food Blog! where I share delicious 100% Vegan inspired recipes the whole family will love, as well as everyones favourite recipes, veganized! Most are healthy and a lot are gluten free.
I have extensive knowledge of food and it’s preparation having cooked professionally in restaurant kitchens over a span of 30 years.
Well I put my chef hat back on and have been perfecting the techniques of vegan cooking for over 6 years now! And I love veganizing all my favourite comfort foods to share!
I was 18 when I landed my first cooking job in a restaurant. That was when my love of cooking was born.
Fast forward 30 years- Awesome husband, two beautiful daughters, two handsome son in laws, four amazing grandkids, two chihuahuas. and cooking professionally in restaurant kitchens along the way and here I am folks!
I believe that saying "You are what you eat". For years I thought I was eating right, but it wasn't until I started eating a mostly plant based/vegan diet that I truly felt great and I was inspired all over again for my love of cooking!
I don't believe in labelling myself, I just try to do the best I can. Of course it's not always easy, I have my moments as I'm sure a lot of people do.
I live in the West Kootenays in beautiful British Columbia, with my husband Carl and our two chihuahuas, Roger and Frankie. Read on for FAQ, and more❤️
- I used to hate chickpeas- haha!
- I love ketchup.
- I love red wine more.
- I'm addicted to burritos.
- I can only eat turnips in stew.
What kind of recipes will you find on my website?
My recipes are all about flavour! They are 100% Vegan. Some are healthier than others and 100% plant based. Some are a little more indulgent. I have a lot of gluten free options as well as 30 Minute recipes, Instant pot recipes and more!! All are absolutely delicious, the majority are Easy recipes with easy to find ingredients, either at your local grocery store, health food store, Walmart or on Amazon. That's what you'll find on my website! Simple Vegan Recipes!
I only share my very best recipes, that are tried and true, tested multiple times, and that myself and my family truly love and eat on a regular basis. To see my vegan recipes check out my Recipe Index.
Here are some popular recipes on my blog:
- Vegan Burger (Best Grillable Vegan Burger Ever)
- Sweet & Spicy Garlic Noodles
- Vegan Homemade Hamburger Helper (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
- The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake ever!
- 5 Minute Vegan Ranch Dressing (or dip)
- Best Vegan Black Bean Brownies (Healthy & Gluten Free)
- Salted Caramel Vegan Chocolate Tart
- Peanut Noodles (Vegan)
- Best Vegan Split Pea Soup (Slow Cooker Option)
What else will you find on The Cheeky Chickpea?
You'll find a wide array of Vegan holiday recipes and Besides my own recipes you will also find my Recipe Roundup Category where I share my own recipes as well as other food bloggers recipes in my roundup posts. It 's nice to showcase not only my own recipes but other delicious recipes from other vegan bloggers, to give my readers even more tasty vegan options. Sharing is Caring❤️ You can check out my Recipe Roundup Posts here.
The Cheeky Chickpea FAQ:
Absolutely! My recipes are all very straight forward, most are quick and easy some involve a little more time, but none are hard! I have worked in the restaurant business for 30 plus years so I have learned how to mange my time extremely well in the kitchen, there for providing detailed and easy step by step instructions in my recipe cards for my readers.
No, not all of my vegan recipes are gluten free, but I do have quite a few to choose from in my gluten free category. You can find them all here.
Absolutely! I know how picky kids can be having four young grandchildren. The majority of my recipes are kid friendly. Here are some of my grandkids favourite recipes from my blog: Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese, Vegan Mozzarella Cheese, Instant Pot Vegan Mac and cheese, Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes, Vegan Chicken Noodle soup
It can be expensive if you shop incorrectly. Eating out and buying a lot of processed foods can add up. Buying in bulk like beans, flours, nuts, fruits and veggies, etc..and planning your meals days in advance and shopping the sales is a great way to save money.
Not at all! You can find the ingredients at your local grocery store, Walmart, health food store or Amazon.
- If you need to contact me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org