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Chickpea Frittatas and a Lucini Italia Giveaway!

This contest is now closed, and our winner is… Rachael from Passing Daisies! Her favorite Italian dish is Spaghetti, and I can’t say I blame her.  Email me your address (thatwasvegan(at)gmail(dot)com) and we’ll get your Lucini Italia products in the mail! Thanks to everyone who entered…And keep your eyes peeled, I’m planning another giveaway in early April!

This Lucini Italia giveaway has been in the works for more than a month and I’m so excited to finally get it started! I had purchased a package of Tuscan Fiery Chili Chickpea Frittata mix (also known by it’s traditional Italian name of Cinque e’ Cinque) from my local grocer and loved it. LOVED IT! So I emailed the company and asked if they’d be willing to provide some free product to share with my readers. They were kind enough to not only say YES!, but also to send me a few freebies as well.

So far I’ve made a Chickpea Frittata with kale and tomatoes (recipe below!), as well as a pasta dish topped with their Tuscan Marinara with Roasted Garlic.

This is my second time using their Frittata mix, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed it so much.

Here’s one of the dishes I made with my freebies:

Vegan Chickpea Frittata with Kale and Tomatoes

“Cinque e’ Cinque” Chickpea Frittata with Kale and Tomatoes

When I first tried these I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve had frittatas in my pre-gan days, but couldn’t imagine chickpea flour producing the same consistency. I expected kind of a bread-y consistency, more like cornbread, but that’s not how these are. They’re actually creamy! The top gets a little crunch in the oven, but the center is smooth and creamy. According to the packaging you can also bake them in a larger dish to make it thinner and crunchier, but I just keep going for the creamy version- I can’t help myself! Check out this picture of the thinner version. The only thing I do have to say is that the Fiery Chili is… well, fiery. If you eat a big piece there will likely be some face-fanning going on πŸ™‚

You can top these babies with anything, or just eat them plain. The package suggests: sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and serve on a baguette. That sounds really good too! A quick google search tells me you can also add any vegetables or or other flavors right into the mix and bake them all together. Overall, a really flexible product that you could personalize in a million different ways to suit your own palate.

Here’s a close-up of the Cinque e’ Cinque when it first came out of the oven…

Vegan Chickpea Frittata

My omni husband was a little suspicious at first, but as soon as I convinced him to give it a try, he really liked it. It took him a few bites to get used to the consistency, but then he kept talking about how tasty it was… And he really liked the spicy flavor of the “Tuscan Fiery Chili”!
Vegan Chickpea Frittata with Kale and Tomatoes

Their Marinara was also delicious- I plan to post pictures and a review later this week. But seriously, what could be quicker and easier than sauce you can heat in the microwave without it exploding everywhere!?

Note: not every product that Lucini makes is vegan, but everything they sent me and everything they’ll send the winner is vegan.

And so, without further ado,  HERE’S what the winner of this contest will get:

  • Cinque e’ Cinque, Tuscan Chickpea Frittata Mix
  • Tuscan Marinara with Roasted Garlic in a BPA-Free Microwavable Pouch
  • Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fig & Walnut Savory Vinaigrette

To enter, leave one comment for EACH that you do. Don’t combine multiple entries into one comment, that only hurts your chances. You have until Sunday at midnight (mountain time!) to enter, and the winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday morning.

  1. Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite Italian dish is!
  2. Follow TWV? on Twitter and tweet about the contest (tag me so I know!)
  3. Like TWV? on Facebook and share the contest on your wall
  4. Follow Lucini Italia on Twitter
  5. Like Lucini Italia on Facebook

So, a very special thanks to Lucini Italia for providing the prize, and good luck!


Chickpea Frittata with Kale and Tomatoes
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package Cinque e' Cinque Tuscan Chickpea Frittata Mix (I used Fiery Chili but any flavor would be yum!)
  2. 3+ tablespoons Lucini Italia olive oil
  3. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  4. 1 bunch kale
  5. 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  6. 15-20 grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Instructions
  1. Prepare chickpea frittata mix as directed on package. I had to bake mine for nearly 10 minutes longer than they recommended before it firmed up and got that "golden brown" glow about it, but I live about a gazillion feet above sea level, so that could have something to do with it. Also, I baked mine in a glass pie dish instead of a cast iron skillet.
  2. While it's in the oven, de-stem and chop your kale, then water sautee with the minced garlic. I left mine a little more firm than I normally do, and it added a nice texture with the frittata.
  3. When you're ready to serve the frittata, simply top with your kale and tomatoes! Voila!
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  • An Unrefined Vegan February 27, 2012, 9:35 am

    Wow – what an interesting product! I thought frittatas were a thing of my past.

  • thecrueltyfreereview February 27, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I shared this contest on my Facebook page.

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 27, 2012, 1:20 pm

    Neato!! I love tofu-chickpea flour frittatas, but I bet one made with just chickpea flour would be awesome too. It sure looks awesome!

    My fave Italian dish is vegan lasagna!

  • thecrueltyfreereview February 27, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I liked Lucini Italia on Facebook.

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 27, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I’m now following you on Twitter … surprised that I wasn’t already!

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 27, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Liked and shared on the FB

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 27, 2012, 1:23 pm

    Following Lucini Italia on Twitter

  • thecrueltyfreereview February 27, 2012, 1:23 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is probably the simplest–thin spaghetti with marniara sauce. Add a side of bread to dip in olive oil and fresh black pepper and I’m happy!

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk February 27, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Now I like Lucini Italia on Facebook too

  • Katie of Vegan Noms February 27, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Ooh!! I do love me some gnocchi (fave Italian dish), but it may change to this frittata if I win! πŸ˜€

  • Heather February 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Ooo I have never seen these before!

    I love Vegan Lasagna πŸ™‚

  • Heather February 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Liked That was Vegan on Facebook πŸ™‚

  • Heather February 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Shared the contest on SMBP

  • Laurie February 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

    This sounds incredible! I love angel hair pasta with fresh summer tomotoes, basil, pepper and olive oil. Scrumptious!

  • britnyw February 27, 2012, 3:54 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is spaghetti!

  • britnyw February 27, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I already like That Was Vegan? on Facebook

  • britnyw February 27, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I like Lucini Italia Foods on Facebook

  • Emily February 27, 2012, 3:59 pm

    I liked lucini italia on fb!

  • Emily February 27, 2012, 4:00 pm

    My fave Italian dish is pizza ! Or tofu stuffed shells πŸ™‚

  • Emily February 27, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I’m following L.I. on twitter

  • Cee February 27, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Amazing! My favorite Italian dish is pasta with toasted breadcrumbs and chickpeas.

  • Cee February 27, 2012, 5:13 pm
  • Cee February 27, 2012, 5:13 pm

    I also follow @luciniitalia on twitter as CeeVegNashville.

  • Ashley February 27, 2012, 5:24 pm

    My fave italian dish?! How do I pick…hmm…. I guess I’ll go with lasagna πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ashley February 27, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I tweeted

  • Ashley February 27, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I follow Lucini Italia on twitter

  • Ashley February 27, 2012, 5:27 pm

    I Like Lucini Italia on Facebook

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Bruschetta is a favorite Italian recipe of mine simple & easy – a perfect snack & appetizer

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I follow you on Twitter via @serene_streams

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 5:57 pm

    Shared on Twitter via @serene_streams

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Like you on Facebook

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 5:59 pm

    I follow Lucini Italia on Twitter too

  • Renata February 27, 2012, 6:00 pm

    Also follow Lucini Italia on Facebook

  • Ray February 27, 2012, 6:02 pm

    My favorite Italian dish is Chicken Marsala with homemade pasta and vegetables

  • Georgia February 27, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Basic coal oven fired pizza is my choice with fresh dough, cheese, sauce and loaded with veggies!

  • Audrey February 27, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Pizza!

  • Audrey February 27, 2012, 7:08 pm

    I retweeted your tweet (I am just_audrey)

  • Audrey February 27, 2012, 7:16 pm

    I follow Lucini Italia on Twitter.

  • Audrey February 27, 2012, 7:16 pm

    I like Lucina Italia on Facebook.

  • Janice February 27, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I LOVE spaghetti with meatballs

  • Janice February 27, 2012, 9:01 pm

    FB fan / like Lucini Italia Foods. My FB profile:
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000826352246

  • Janice February 27, 2012, 9:02 pm
  • Lena February 28, 2012, 3:22 am

    I love Italian dishes so its quite hard for me to pick a favourite one. I love bruschetta, lasagna (vegan of course), ravioli, risotto and tiramisu. And I’d never say no to a good pizza.

  • Caitlin February 28, 2012, 5:28 am

    my fave italian dish used to be ravioli, now it’s tuscan white bean soup πŸ˜‰

  • karmalily February 28, 2012, 5:39 am

    Gnocci is definitely my favorite Italian dish!

  • karmalily February 28, 2012, 5:41 am

    Following Lucini Italia on Twitter

  • karmalily February 28, 2012, 5:41 am

    Liked Lucini Italia Foods on Facebook

  • Rachael @ Passing Daisies February 28, 2012, 5:37 pm

    mmm i love spaghetti!

  • Rachael @ Passing Daisies February 28, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Follow Lucini on Twitter

  • Rachael @ Passing Daisies February 28, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Like Lucini on FB

  • Rachael @ Passing Daisies February 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Tweeted!

  • Jody February 28, 2012, 8:47 pm

    My fav italian dish is Tag Pic Pac at Carraba’s. Second fav is home made pizza.

  • Emelie February 29, 2012, 10:15 am

    My favorite Italian dish is veganized stuff shells filled with tofu and spinach! πŸ™‚

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) February 29, 2012, 10:46 am

    Oh I would love to win this giveaway! I’ve been hearing such good things about this brand for years now. Picking one single favorite Italian dish is almost impossible… But ravioli are very high up on my list, that’s for sure.

  • Carolyn G February 29, 2012, 8:33 pm

    My favorite is eggplant parmesan

  • Carolyn G February 29, 2012, 8:35 pm

    follow Lucini on Facebook: carolyn gonzalez

  • cecilyhope March 1, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Ooh, favorite Italian dish? That’s so tough! I’m going to have to go with veggie lasagna… so hearty and comforting!

  • cecilyhope March 1, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest – username @cecilyhope!

  • cecilyhope March 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

    I liked you on Facebook and shared the contest on my wall – commented on it too just to be safe! Cecily Kindler.

  • cecilyhope March 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Followed Lucini Italia on Twitter!

  • cecilyhope March 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Liked Lucini Italia on Facebook!

  • moonsword March 1, 2012, 2:03 pm

    My favorite is my Dad’s vegan artichoke heart and pesto Sicilian pizza…squealingly delicious!

  • formerfishtacofanatic March 2, 2012, 9:17 am

    My favorite Italian dish is Eggplant Parmesean. I haven’t been able to master a vegan version yet!

  • Robin March 2, 2012, 9:50 am

    I love Italian food, but pizza tops the list.

  • Leah March 5, 2012, 11:53 am

    I’m following @thatwasvegan

  • Leah March 5, 2012, 11:57 am

    I ‘liked’ TWV on facebook.

  • Leah March 5, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Oops, nevermind. πŸ˜›

  • Connie Fletcher April 10, 2012, 7:17 am

    Barb; Do you have an “in” with Lucini Italia? I looked on their website, and they say Hannafords carries this product, however, I’ve been to 3 Hannafords, and not a one has ever heard of this product…they know about the spag sauce, but not the fritatta mix….

    • Barb April 10, 2012, 11:02 am

      Not really. My recommendation would be to email the grocery or store manager and request the product. I did that when Daiya first released Pepperjack shreds, and just this week for the wedges- both times they added the product! Good luck!

  • Helen March 22, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Of all the marvelous choices, my favorite is Eggplant Parmesan.

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