Chickpea Egg Hash

This week marks the start of Lent for many Catholics and Christians. I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic school from preK to College. Catholicism has been ingrained in my life. I am not a perfect Catholic by any means - there have been many a time I have gone off path, questioned God and my faith, but going through hardships in my life has always brought me back to Him.

During this time of year I am flooded with memories of McDonald's filet-o-fish sandwiches, fish fries at our local rotary club, ashes blobbed on my forehead during school mass and trying to make it look cute in middle school and giving up candy or soda as my sacrifice.

Lent comes at a perfect time where New Years resolutions may have lapsed and it gives us a second chance to start fresh. For me, giving up something in the present means a greater outcome in the future.

So why do we abstain from meat during Lent? This goes back to the garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve they could eat any of the fruits from the trees except for two specific trees. This is ironic because they weren't even going to eat any animals - just fruits. But then they ended up eating the fruits from the forbidden trees and sinned. The first two animals were then killed by God for the sake of their skins to clothe Adam and Eve because they realized they were naked. (No fig leaves!) This began the idea of sacrificing animals to toll the sins of humans.

I created this no meat recipe using what I had in my refrigerator (minus the herb)

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 sliced onion
2 minced garlic cloves
sprigs of marjoram or oregano 
sour cream or greek yogurt (optional)
salt and pepper

To Make:
saute onions in olive oil until translucent
add in garlic and chickpeas 
add in marjoram, salt and pepper
cook the chickpeas until somewhat crispy and then mash with tongs or spatula

Meanwhile in separate pan fry eggs in butter or olive oil to your desired doneness. I like mine a little runny. 

TIP: The chickpeas can be somewhat dry so I like to add in sour cream or greek yogurt and hot sauce to taste. 

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