Dreena Burton’s Jerk Chickpeas + Cookbook Giveaway!

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Dreena Burton, author of ‘Let them eat vegan!’, which included this exciting recipe for Jerk Chickpeas, was kind enough to send us a copy of her book to delve into. Since we already had a copy ourselves, we want to pass a copy onto one of you!

*Contest now closed. ย We will be choosing the winner at random and announcing shortly. ย Thank you for all the entries and the amazing stories shared ๐Ÿ™‚

To enter, and in the spirit of a new year, tell us why and how you are going to make more plant based choice in 2013! ย Winner will be announced on Saturday January 12th – Thanks Dreena!


3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 1/4-1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 large garlic cloves, grated

A few pinches of red chili flakes (1/8-1/4 teaspoon)

2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

3/4 to 1 cup seeded, chopped red pepper

3/4 cup sliced green onion*

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

*reserve 1/2 of the green onions for sprinkling over the finished dish for a vibrant finish.


Preheat oven to 375F

In a baking dish (8 x 12 inch), combine all the ingredients (starting with the 3 tablespoons of lime juice) except the chickpeas, red bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro. ย Stir until well mixed. ย Then add the chickpeas, red pepper, and green onions and stir again.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. ย Remove the foil. stir, and bake uncovered for another 5 to 8 minutes, stirring again about half way through, until the marinade has partially absorbed into the chickpeas.

Taste; if you’d like more tang, add another 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and stir well, along with any reserved greens onions and fresh cilantro. ย Serve over rice, or in pita breads or tortillas with sliced avocados, and with extra squeezes of lime juice, if desired.


~The Vegan Project


  1. This looks fantastic!!!

    I am making more plant-based choices this year by continuing to eat 100% vegan, because it is the right thing for my physical, mental and ethical health! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am continuing to make plant-based eating choices because of my love for animals, the environment, and to help me fuel for endurance sports! This year will involve multiple adventure races and mountain bike races. How… Following wonderful websites such as yours and trying out new recipes!

  3. Carmen Needham says:

    I am making more plant-based choices this year by attempting to convert my non-vegan husband into a vegan! I have always been a vegetarian and over the years I have gotten him to give up red meat but going Vegan is a challenge for him! Having a cook book like this would really help to get him to stick to the wonderful vegan lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have two kids 2 and 4 who I am attempting to convert from vegetarian to vegan ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I continue to work towards a 100% plant based diet. My IBS is presenting such as to make it necessary but it is requiring basic relearning of “throwing together” meals which has been far more challenging than I thought it would be!

  5. 2013 means more vegan and plant based choices for my health and the health of the planet!

  6. I’m going to continue being vegan in 2013, like I have been for the past 6 years! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also really want to eat more locally and seasonally in the summer months with more raw foods.

  7. Pick me! Pick me!

  8. I am making more plant based choices for two reasons: The first being that my body does not process meat well, and the second being the health benefits of a plant based diet. I am currently a gluten free dairy free vegetarian – I only eat eggs still. My goal is to be a full vegan by the end of January.

  9. I am planning to cut out all dairy in the new year so I am completely vegan!

  10. Anna Norris says:

    I have been enjoying plant-based for awhile, but my challenge is to get away from processed foods (meat substitutes),… so this year I’m going to real food and away from cans, packages, and pre-made meals.

  11. I’ve decided to go with plant-based choices for several reasons … ethical due to the way many in the food business treat animals, ethical in an environmental way, and because I have a myriad of health problems and in just a few weeks the differences in how I feel make it clear that plant-based is the way to go!

  12. Oh, chickpeas, how do I love thee!

    Although I am already vegetarian, I am going to be making more plant-based choices this year for my soon-to-be husband. He is a pretty hardcore meat-and-potatoes guy who has many of the ailments associated with the standard American diet – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. – and he’s only 31! I am hoping that as I make more and better plant-based choices it will inspire him to eat better so we can enjoy a long, healthy life together. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I went plant-based about 5 months ago and have been doing great…but I can’t seem to give up ice cream. It’s my big weakness! I hope to find a better alternative in the new year.

  14. This recipe looks yummy! I am always trying to find new ways to incorporate chickpeas.

    I plan on trying to make more plant-based decisions mainly for my health. I feel better when I eat more plant-based foods, and I know how healthy they are in general.

  15. I would LOVE this to be my first vegan cookbook – this year I’m excited to be making major changes to my lifestyle and achieve my goals of living consciously. I don’t want or need to consume any more animal products and would love help creating more exciting recipes so my family accompanies me on my journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’ve been veggie for the past few years and am in the middle of going vegan. I need all the help I can get to make the transition. I have a hard time coming up with ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Im not going to make more plant based choices, I plan on making better ones. I have been vegan for almost 4 years and since then I think I may have discovered every vegan junk and processed food out there. Time to plan ahead more so I dont have to fall back on convenience vegan food

  18. Wow! What a combo 2 of my fave vegan resources, Dreena Burton and The Vegan Project. Both have been a huge help and inspiration for me since going vegan 2.5 years ago. I will continue my journey in 2013 as a vegan and lead by example to those around me, especially my kids! I love to cook and chickpeas! Can’t wait to try this one. Would love Dreena’s new cookbook, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I am going to eat more plant based foods and less processed foods to maximize my health. I want to lose weight and be as healthy as possible so I can be a good mom to my young son. I am already vegan, but my goal for 2013 is to incorporate more vegetables into every meal and avoid sugar.

  20. Although I’ve been a vegan for a few years, many of my friends and family are also leaning toward more plant-based diets, and I’m always happy to show them the beautiful breadth and choice it affords one, and that it is not a restriction as they originally believe.

  21. Laura Wright says:

    I’ve been vegetarian for about 10 years. I’ve struggled with being 100% vegan for the last 3 years as I will at times have cheese or milk chocolate. :/ I have 2 boys, one 13 and the other 2. The toddler loves just about anything I make but my teen is in rebel mode and is totally against my vegan lifestyle. I would love to show him fun and yummy ways to be vegan but still be a cool teenage boy. He enjoys some of my dishes but I need some fresh and creative, but easy and cheap recipe ideas!

  22. Mark Goins says:

    I am falling in love with Dreena’s recipe’s. I am going to make more plant based choices because I feel better and know my health is better by doing this.

  23. My husband and I have been vegan in our home since last christmas, but would still eat other foods outside our home on weekends and such. Starting this year we decided to cut out more of the extra stuff and only eat plantbased foods!

  24. Greg Allbee says:

    I’ve been vegan for almost a year. I’ve never felt better or looked better. I’m stronger and faster in the gym than I’ve ever been. I love it and I have no intentions to give it up now!

  25. As an almost-vegan, I plan to introduce my baby daughter to vegan foods when she is ready to start eating later this year (following Dreena’s food introduction schedule in Vive Le Vegan!).

  26. It’s been a long journey- including 30 years of vegetarianism. But I have made 2013 the year dairy foods were dropped from the household menu. My children have been vegetarians from birth. My husband has been a pescatarian for 23 years. My 5 year old convinced my husband to give up fish for 2013. And for the sake of the health of ALL of us- I have decided cheese will no longer come to the rescue whenever anybody calls for it. (I swear I feel a load of karmic debt rising up off of my shoulders….sigh.)

    On top of that, we are eating a lot more whole, unprocessed foods. Fewer pre-made veggie burgers and veggie dogs. A lot more greens, beans, colored grains and fruit. We have to work around a variety of allergies- no almonds or coconuts for Dad, no nuts and peanuts for Big Sis. But 9 days into the new year I can safely say I’m already enjoying this new journey. Fresh, wholesome recipes from a Mom who’s already been there? That would definitely be a plus!

  27. I hope to continue to eat plant strong and work to learn to use less salt and sugar. I’m also working on leaving out the oil – esp. when we eat out.

  28. I’m already vegan, so I’ll just continue eating plants, because I like animals a lot. Health and environmental perks are just a bonus.

  29. This is my third year of vegan living so I’m going to continue on this journey loving every minute as well as making an effort to share the veggie love with friends and family ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. I’m in the UK so this giveaway might not be open to me..

  30. Linda Gorey says:

    Hi Dreena! In 2012 I turned 50 and learned I was diabetic. I found your blog and I have made alot of positive changes since then. Making more and more plant blased choices….. I feel so much better!, my diabetes is under control, I have lost weight,and have SO much more energy!… My resolution in 2013 is to go completely plant based. I find SO much inspiration from you!….Thank you (jerk chickpeas….here I come!)

  31. Looks delish! I love chick peas! For 2013 we are going to work on adding more SIMPLE plant based meals. Recipes that perhaps don’t include so many ingredients and hopefully they will include more local ingredients and if God wills even some home grown ones!

  32. I was diagnosed prediabetic and thoroughly dislike being dependent on pharmaceuticals so I was motivated to find a better way to eat. Plant based seemed to be the way to go. In only a month my symptoms disappeared so I am hoping my tests reflect that I am no longer headed toward that illness. I feel better, I am at peace with not eating another living thing, I actually love the food and can’t go back. A little difficulty limiting SOS (salt, oil, sugar) and coffee . Thanks your recipes and support that helps me stay strong.

  33. I began my plant-based journey on January 1st. I tried it very briefly when the Engine 2 book came out, and I looked into the McDougall plan too at that time, but I didn’t last long. Just couldn’t seem to do it. In the fall of 2012 I thought I might have RA, and began an internet search of how to minimize the symptoms, if I did indeed have RA. I do not have it, but in my search I stumbled again on the McDougall plan and Engine 2, and that brought me back to my desire to begin a vegan lifestyle, and this time follow through. What has made it so different this time is that I have discovered all the plant-based blogs, websites and cookbooks. You guys have provided the tools I needed to apply the principles I learned when studying the various books that encourage this way of eating. It was just too overwhelming before, so I just quit. I now see this as completely doable. I’m into Day 9, and so far so good. My cravings are calming down and I just feel lighter alreay. Thanks for your dedication to this web-site.

  34. I’m sticking to a plant loving life by personally incorporating more greens, and taking up meditation, as well as helping my (almost) vegan mama ditch her occasional egg / butter choices and cure her diabetes! I’m so excited for her <3

  35. Stephanie Pflaume says:

    I have decided to eat vegan, I will be learning lots of new recipes this year to keep my family sane. I would love to add another cookbook to make it easier. I love all the new options and possibities.

  36. Sandra Smith says:

    After being in consultation with my family doctor, my dietician, and an endocrinologist all trying to figure out my health issues ( low thyroid, borderline diabetic and overweight) I decided after viewing Forks Over Knives and perusing Dreena’s and other vegan recipes and what a plant based diet can do for your health, I decided that becoming Vegan was the best decision I could make for myself…I’m not going to lie, it’s hard right now because it’s only week 2, but being a vegetarian isn’t an option for me, I want to go all the way and go the Vegan way…I must say, even after 2 weeks I can already feel my body changing…

  37. I am going to make a bigger effort to avoid leather products and support businesses not using animal materials or testing in their production practices. I’m also laying off the sugar and gluten, though that has more to do with overall mental clarity than plant motivation!

  38. I only make plant-based choices, but I’m going to make healthier ones this year by eating raw veggies as snacks instead of chips, at least some of the time. Why? Because I want to be healthy.

  39. I’m starting my 5th year as a vegan and my 9th year since going vegetarian. I want to eat more leafy greens! I eat lots of other vegetables, but rarely eat the leafy ones.

  40. I will continue to make more plant base choices for me and my family. I am the one who cooks and care for the three of us, and I am very healthy conscious. I am aware that a plant based diet is the best way to ensure my family is happy and healthy, and I do my very best to make delicious vegetarian foods that we all enjoy.
    This year I want more than ever to get us all in the best health possible!

  41. I am definitely planning on cooking with more plant based meals as I have a baby who we are weaning and he loves green foods!

  42. great giveaway! we are a vegan family & I am excited to eliminate processed foods and integrate more whole foods into our meals, especially for our toddler. our new addition (a girl!) coming next month is great motivation as well.

  43. Tania Thompson says:

    I find that when I eat plant-based, I can let go of calorie counting and “dieting” and be more intuitive. My body starts to crave spinach and mushrooms and peppers…if somebody had told me that a few years ago, I would have looked behind me to see who they’re talking about.

  44. Carrie Kleyn says:

    I have been Plantstrong for 2 years this Feb. This dish looks like dinner tonight, wonderful picture and looks like wonderful flavors. Thank you for making meal decisions easy!

  45. Linda Davolt says:

    I decided to go Plant strong October 1st
    After watching Forks Over Knives.
    My college age daughter is doing it too
    and we support each other. She is far more
    creative with cooking than I am.
    I have done well these 3 mos and feel good
    but I don’t cook and this is very new to me.
    I also live alone so hate too many leftovers.
    I love the recipes u post and pictures inspire me!

  46. My husband and I both went 100% plant based in Aug-12. Feeling great, and not looking back! My father and step-mother have been Vegetarians for over 30 years. He is obese, with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.. After telling them about all the wonderful, plant based recipes I have been making, they are both thinking about making the switch too!

  47. I became a weekday Vegan because my body was too acidic. I’m staying one because the food tastes so damn good and makes me feel good! Read my blog on my choice… http://www.aliveandawake.ca

  48. Madeleine says:

    I have changed my diet to be predominately vegan, after 21 years of being a vegetarian. I’m hoping to increase my energy levels!

  49. julianniem says:

    For my daughter and my husband’s health are the two biggest reasons. But I also am excited about teaching my kids what is good and healthy and why. We’ve been whole-food vegetarians for about a year now and recently dropped the dairy and other animal products. I’m also excited because as a side effect of this, I’m loosing weight. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Eating!

  50. bailey dearle says:

    Hey love th recipes!! great job been enjoing the way i feel on my vegatarian diet for 9 month now!! wanna make the jump to full vegan although i already dont eat eggs, consume any dairy except for the occasional bit of cheese! so this page is so helpful for the transition!!! thanks so much!!!

  51. As a new vegan for the last 4 months I find myself constantly searching for recipes, blogs to inspire and motivate me in order to follow my heart and strive to continue following a 100% vegan diet. Its done wonder for me in just a few months time and would love to have access to more resources to this awesome lifestyle and diet. =)

  52. I have been vegan about 8 months. I choose to be plant-based for health, but compassion is definitely a factor!

  53. April McLean says:

    I just feel so darn good eating plant based meals and snacks! It is amazing how food can affect your mood and outlook. Have been feeling way more positive and energetic since eating a mainly plant based diet. I am going to remember how these foods make me feel in order to continue to make the right choices ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. April McLean says:

    It also helps me cope with shift work, too!

  55. I am going to make more of Dreena’s recipes so that I can maintain my health.

  56. I am going to try to set a positive, non-pushy example for all of my non-plant based friends and family. Having some new, awesome recipes to make for them may help with the convincing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. I am entirely plant-based but my family is not fully there yet. I will continue weaning them off eggs and dairy by showing then how delicious vegan food can be!

  58. This year I am going to make more plant-based choices because I have a 7 year-old daughter who is ridiculously attracted to cheese, cow’s milk, and, did I mention CHEESE?! I have been choosing a plant-based diet for a few years, but this last year I have found that I’ve been eating too much packaged items, and chips for snacks, and generally not as healthy as I used to when I started. I found I got tired of the recipes I had, and generally lazy about cooking or just preparing different things. I’m not inspired I guess. I’m hoping a new cookbook will be the “HOW” to make better choices for myself, and I’m hoping my example will some day (SOON!!) sink in to my daughter and husband…hopefully some new recipes that we’ll ALL like ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Well i replaced dairy in my diet last year for my little baby who has dairy allergy (been vegetarian for 15 years), but since removing it i feel better and im one step closer to being a fully fledged vegan, the only vice is honey! BUT… i feel with this book (which looks amazing) it would give me more confidence in creating amazing meals that a super charged with plant based goodness for me and my family.

  60. I’m already vegan, but I’m looking forward to incorporating even more deep, leafy greens into my diet! Thanks for the opportunity!

  61. Elaine Heaney says:

    Vegetarian, rarely any dairy, but really need to focus on health for being in shape with my little babies. We’ll be doing lots more cooking from scratch this year!!!!!! Nuts and fresh veg ๐Ÿ˜€

  62. I’m going to continue to live a totally vegan lifestyle and share all the wonderful lessons I learn along the way. This will most certainly include sharing fabulous vegan products/recipes with my friends and family to illustrate that being vegan is most certainly not about deprivation.

  63. Chantelle says:

    Last year I started making more vegan recipes but then my wedding happened… We stopped working out and subsequently our healthy diet came to an end. This year I graduate from m Master’s program and id like it to be the year of a lifestyle change too! My first goal is to use more beans in recipes !

  64. Taking my own lunches to school and packing them with whole plant bases foods. This way I can make sure I always have healthy options to eat in 2013 ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. In 2013 my goal is to introduce more delicious vegan options to my son in hopes that he will change his diet.

  66. In 2013 my goal is to eat more nuts, vegetables and fruits. I also plan to carry healthy snacks with me wherever I go to make sure I Am always eating healthy whole foods.

  67. Cynthia Faith says:

    I have been a vegetarian for the past two years, which has made me feel amazing. In 2013, I want to feel even better, so I am taking the next step to cutting out dairy. I can’t wait to see how much better I will feel. Dreena’s fabulous books will come in handy during this transition for me!

  68. It isn’t just a New Years resolution but it’s going to be a lifestyle change for both my husband and myself to have a plant based diet. He is Hindu and already makes vegetarian choices, so this would be a great next step. We both need to become more healthy.
    This Jerk Chick Pea recipe looks delicious and it’s dinner tonight!

  69. How? …by continuing to do what I’ve been doing.
    Why? …because I love the food!

  70. My husband and I have been eating primarily plant based for 9 months. It has been challenging, but we both see and feel such a difference that I can’t ever see going going back to dairy and meat dishes. Go Kale and Quinoa!

  71. We are striving to add more plant based meals in our lives. It’s exciting to feel better, look better, and have more energy. It’s not only good for our bodies, but those cute little animals. We are also trying to teach our children a better way to cook and live so they can live a long healthy life.

  72. I want to eat a more veggie based diet for environmental and ethical reasons. I will eat more vegetables and plant based items.

  73. *Contest now closed. We will be choosing the winner at random and announcing shortly. Thank you for all the entries and the amazing stories shared – so inspiring!

  74. Jennifer Johnson Nowatzki says:

    Yum. made this tonight! love it.

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