Chickpea Cornmeal Casserole

Chickpea Cornmeal Casserole | Food & Nutrition Magazine | Volume 10, Issue 5
Photography by David Raine | Food styling by Breana Moeller | Prop styling by Brooke Doyle

A layer of creamy cornmeal is topped with chickpeas, corn and hints of heat and smoke from spices and fire-roasted tomatoes.

SERVING SIZE: 8 ounces (251 grams)
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 32 minutes


  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2½ teaspoons (13 milliliters) olive oil, divided
  • 1 15-ounce can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can fire-roasted green chilies
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons (11 milliliters) low-sodium tamari
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  2. In a 3-quart saucepot over medium high heat, add 5 cups water and salt. Whisk in cornmeal. Bring to a simmer, whisk vigorously and cover with lid partially ajar to vent steam. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk periodically and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Coat a 9-by-12-inch baking dish with ½ teaspoon oil.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add corn and let heat for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons olive oil and cook until brown on one side, about 6 minutes.
  5. In the same skillet, add chickpeas, tomatoes, green chilies, garlic, tamari, oregano, paprika and cayenne. Stir and let simmer until liquid reduces, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour cornmeal into the baking dish and spread into an even layer, then top evenly with the chickpea mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until warmed through.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 196 calories, 3g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 643mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 5g sugar, 6g protein, NA potassium, NA phosphorus

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Michele Redmond, MS, RDN, FAND is a French-trained chef and “Food Enjoyment Activist” who specializes in flavor development, food culture diversity and culinary nutrition through online classes, training events and consulting. She directs in Scottsdale, AZ. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.