One of the great things about following hundreds of other VeganMofo’ers is the creativity and variety of recipes you stumble upon. For the first Vegan Iron Chef Challenge, the secret ingredient was chickpeas. I ran across this divine recipe at the Unhealthy Vegan’s blog for a chickpea-based shepherd’s pie. Oh my! It had complex flavors and textures and made a hearty fall or winter meal. We served it with baby dill pickles (as per the blogger’s recommendation!), pickled beets, and a mixed green salad. Excellent!