We gave the classic comfort food dish, chicken and dumplings, a plant-based twist! We swapped out the chicken broth and shredded meat for vegetable broth and protein-packed chickpeas. Then topped it with homemade drop dumplings that are super fluffy and flavorful, thanks to a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh herbs. Not to mention, the whole dish comes together in one pot, making cleanup a breeze.
Heat 3 tablespoons of the vegan butter in a large Dutch oven or wide pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery, shallot, chickpeas, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the bouillon cube and 1/4 cup of the flour; stir until the bouillon has fully dissolved and the flour is toasted, about 1 minute. Gradually pour in the vegetable broth, stirring continuously to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened and the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour with the baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons vegan butter into small cubes and rub into the flour mixture with your fingers until pea-size pieces form. Stir in the half-and-half, lemon juice, dill and parsley with a fork until combined. Divide the dough into twelve 1 1/2-inch balls.
Stir the peas into the pot. Arrange the dough balls on top. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the dumplings are firm to the touch and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Top with more chopped dill and parsley.
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