5 Quick Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread

Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread from A Couple Cook’s Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook. A quick and easy vegetarian meal that can be whipped up in under 15 minutes. 

Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread

Today’s recipe comes from one of my favorite blogger couples, Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks. I feel pretty lucky to have two like-minded veg friends living only an hour away. We’ve collaborated numerous times over the years and I love finding an excuse cook with them in their gorgeous kitchen.

Their new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking, is a nice change of pace from the complicated cookbooks I’ve been receiving lately. All of the recipes are vegetarian and the majority can even be made in under 15 minutes. The ingredients are simple but produce heavy which is just what I want after a busy day of working.

This Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread took me about 10 minutes to make and kept me full through the entire afternoon. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had traditional Shawarma since I’ve been a vegetarian for so long but if the flavors are anything like this, I get why it’s so popular. The bright yogurt dill sauce compliments the spicy chickpeas perfectly while the hummus gives it all an extra protein boost. The only adjustment I made to the recipe was adding tomatoes which brought another juicy element into the mix. If you have time, make sure you warm the naan before assembling.

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Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread

Chickpea Shawarma Flatbread from A Couple Cook's Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook. A quick and easy vegetarian meal that can be whipped up in under 15 minutes.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped dill + more for garnish
  • 1 1/4 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas drain and rinsed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pieces naan or pita
  • 1 cup hummus
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • cilantro for garnish
For the yogurt sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, dill, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, and 3 to 4 Tbsp water until a loose sauce forms.

For the chickpeas:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 tsp garlic powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and 3/4 tsp salt. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and add in the chickpeas and spices. Saute, stirring often, until chickpeas are warm and coated evenly with the spices (about 5 minutes).

To serve:
  1. Spread hummus on a piece of naan followed by the dill dip, chickpeas, tomatoes, and cilantro. Repeat with the rest of the naan and ingredients. Serve right away.




  • Sonja
    February 26, 2018

    Shelly, thank you SO MUCH for this very kind post! As always, you make everything you touch absolutely beautiful. It is so fun to see Pretty Simple Cooking through your lens. Your photography of this recipe is INCREDIBLE! Thank you for being an incredible support and friend through this entire process.

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