Thankfully, Jonny came home from the hospital Friday and he requested "pesto" for dinner, meaning pesto with PASTA, but of course, I needed to get some other veggies in him too and was inspired by the Vegan MoFo Iron Chef challenge of a chickpea recipe...

I always have a bunch of chickpeas in the house for the World's Best Soup and when I went to the market to get the spinach and basil for the pesto, I got a beautiful head of cauliflower.  When I got home, here's how it turned out.  If you haven't figured it out by now, I am a "little of this, a little of that" not-exact-measurements kind of gal, but here's my best shot:

Jonny's Welcome Home Chickpeas and Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower, sliced into 1 inch sections which broke into small florets
1 medium vidalia onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Dash cinnamon
1-2 cups vegetable broth or water and veg bullion cube
Before serving:
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional hot pepper flakes

In a medium pot, sauté the onion and garlic in a little water or vegetable broth until soft.  Add the cauliflower to the pot, plus about 1/2 cup of liquid and cover on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.  Check to make sure there is still liquid in the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching and add more if needed.  Add the rest of the ingredients stir well and simmer, covered, for an additional 10-15 minutes until all ingredients meld.  (The tomato paste will kind of glob on at the top for the first few minutes.  Cover the pot for a few minutes and it will soften up enough for you to stir it in.)  Adjust seasoning, add salt and pepper and hot pepper flakes to taste.

In case you were wondering about the pesto, I throw a bunch of baby spinach and basil in the Cuisinart with a couple cloves of garlic, pine nuts and nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.  I keep tasting and adjusting and it's a miracle there's ever any left to serve.  Sorry... NO IDEA of the quantities ;)