Saucy Meatless Chunklets

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We are happy when we can come up with a tasty meat substitute, because they are among the most popular recipes we have in our collection. This one is truly savory and is loaded with goodness. Whether you call them meat alternatives, meat replacements, mock meats or meat subs, these recipes are extremely helpful to round up meals and to complete your diet and give flexibility in the preparation of dishes. The saucy little powerhouses of flavor will really tingle your tastebuds. Enjoy!

1 can chickpeas or garbanzos, rinsed and drained
1 cup Old Fashioned oats
1 cup brown rice (raw)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds (raw)
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. sweet basil
3 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil plus more to cook with
3 sprigs cilantro
1 medium tomato
1 small onion
1 large carrot
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup sweet pepper strips
1/2 cup sweet green pepper strips
1/2 cup water

In a blender or food processor, grind the raw rice with the Old Fashioned oats until pulverized to the consistency of flour. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl till well combined. Process all the vegetables in a blender or food processor with the water, adding it little by little as you puree them.
Scrape into the bowl where the dry ingredients have been combined and mix well. Once you have a dough of a good consistency, like the consistency of bread dough.
Take pieces of the dough and shape them between your hands and shape them into the shape you want and the size you want.
Heat a cast iron skillet that has been barely "painted" with olive oil and cook the pieces over a low heat until golden on all sides. Drop into a bowl and prepare your sauce. A vegan marinara-style sauce would be ideal.
Once the sauce is ready, drop your "meat" pieces into the sauce and let them absorb the moisture an the flavors of the sauce for about 10 minutes.

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