Sometimes I just crave vegetarian foods. As I sit here this morning, looking at this photo, I could dig right into another one of these….but I will contain myself! One of the hardest parts of being a “foodie” and a cook is leaving well enough alone. I admit, I’m having a harder time lately and therefore I have resorted back to my cooking light recipes.

I attended a boarding school in my high school years that served only vegetarian foods. My mom also made vegetarian meals at home, so for me this wasn’t a horrible thing. I really crave some of these foods at times. Since last evening Grumpy wasn’t particularly in the mood for anything I decided to make these Chickpea and Corn Patties. He promised me he would try them – he’s good like that. He didn’t care for these but I really liked them! Guess I know what I will be eating for lunch the next few days – but I certainly won’t mind!

Chickpea and Corn Patties
Cooking Light Complete

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) (I just used canned corn – no fresh corn in the middle of winter here and no frozen corn in my freezer!)
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (19 oz) can chickpeas, rinced and drained
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 teaspoons cornmeal
cooking spray
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 cup bottled salsa
Thyme sprigs (optional)

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn, onion, and minced thyme. Saute 2 minutes. Place onion mixture, chickpeas, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons cornmeal, salt and red pepper in a food processor. Pulse 8 times or until combined and chunky.

Divide chickpea mixture into 8 equal portions (I used a 1/4 cup measure and it worked out perfectly!), shaping each into 1/2 inch thick patty; dredge in cornmeal. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 4 patties; cook 5 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; cook 4 minutes or until golden. Repeat procedure with 1/2 teaspoon oil and remaining patties. Serve with fat-free sour cream and salsa. Garnish with thyme sprigs if desired. Yield: 4 servings (2 patties equals 1 serving), 1 tablespoon sour cream, and 1 tablespoon salsa.

261 calories, 5.7 grams fat, 6.1 grams fiber
WW points: 5

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. shellyfish January 19, 2009 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Oh these sound so good! I love stuff like this – and totally vegan, just need to sub non-dairy sour cream! Love it! Send me over a few?

  2. Aparna January 19, 2009 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Delicious! Now this is my kind of food. 😀

  3. Cristine January 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Sounds delicious!!! Great photos, too!

  4. Robin Sue January 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    This looks so good to me! I love patties/cakes like this and can be a meal in itself or a wonderful side to a big meal. I will book mark this to make soon. Thanks for pointing out these great Cooking Light recipes!

  5. Carrie January 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    These look amazing! I’m definitely saving this for future use…

  6. Jessie January 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    You’re making my mouth water! (And you know what a carnivore I am.) Yum!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  7. Priscilla January 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    MM, YUm! I love chickpeas in hummus but I have never tried them in anything else…I should though!

  8. Meg January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I will definitely be trying these! They look amazing!

  9. Bob January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I’d try them, they look great. 🙂

  10. Pam January 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I think they sound really tasty – the look pretty too. At least Grumpy tried it.

  11. noble pig January 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Now this is a vegetarian meal I would love! Very nice and the sauce really makes them look appetizing.

  12. CookiePie January 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Oh wow – those sound delicious!! I just described them to Mark and he asked when we’re having them – I’m definitely going to try them!

  13. Stephanie January 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I think it’s fun to cook and eat vegetarian foods. Those patties look really good!

  14. Bellini Valli January 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    My dad was a vegetarian so we grew up having a variety just like you serve Grumpy.I would love these too!!

  15. 5 Star Foodie January 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Those cakes look great – I’ve never seen this combination and definitely have to try!

  16. Reeni♥ January 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I know I would really, really like these. I’m a fan of all things chickpeas, yum!!

  17. The Food Site January 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    I’ve been making chicken patties, salmon patties, pork patties and looking at this, ahhhh…it is refreshing. May try this one day.

  18. Michelle Cato January 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    These look awesome for my daughters lunches!! Great idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  19. Linda January 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    These sound great and I sent the recipe off to my vegetarian SIL. She will love these! Somuch better for her too that those Boca Burgers she eats!!

  20. Debbie January 19, 2009 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    These look very good. Never thought of these type of patties before.

  21. Lisa January 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    These really look wonderful. I bet the leftovers are great too.

  22. J.Danger January 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I think that my husband would love these!

  23. pigpigscorner January 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    ooo delicious! Love the colours.

  24. Elle January 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I love chickpeas and corn, so why not together? They look amazing!

  25. HoneyB January 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I have to say these were BETTER today. I made them Saturday night. I think the patties had more flavor after sitting in my fridge a day and half! I also ended up leaving the sour cream off today and used more salsa. If your inclined to like this type of food, you will definitely like this patty so I encourage you to try it!

  26. emily January 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Those patties look wonderful! Grumpy’s loss is your gain for sure! I love anything that comes in an individual serving. Yum.


  27. Katie January 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    These look great and everyone needs to go meatless every once and a while my husband doesn’t agree but I do it anyway!

  28. Katypi January 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Now I just LOVE corn and chickpeas. I’d be willing to bet I’d really enjoy these. I’m going to put this on my to-do list. What else did you make to go along with these or are they intended to be a meal by themselves?

  29. HoneyB January 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Emily- you bet his loss is my gain (sometimes in more ways than I want 😉 hehe).

    Katie – I don’t always listen to Grumpy either…he’s kinda gotten used to that though! If I started doing everything his way he would wonder what was wrong with me! Variety is the spice of life for sure!

    Katypi, I didn’t make anything else to go with them. It was a lazy night, Grumpy wasn’t really hungry, and all I wanted was those patties! LOL You can make them a meal on their own served with a veggie or as a side to a meat dish, maybe a spicy meat dish…Yum!

  30. Kiran January 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great recipe will have to give it a go 🙂

  31. Clumbsy Cookie January 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I just love how crunchy that looks!

  32. pinkstripes January 20, 2009 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Ooh…those look really good. I love the color.

  33. Tangled Noodle January 20, 2009 at 2:41 am - Reply

    These look so good but I can only admire from a distance – I have a reaction to chickpeas. Any possible substitute for it you can suggest b/c I’d love to try it!

  34. Bunny January 20, 2009 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I have been down and out with a terrible cold Shelby and missed some of your posts, I have to go back and see what I missed! THese look so good!

  35. Laura January 20, 2009 at 4:59 am - Reply

    I like vegetarian food just fine but I don’t always have good luck with veggie patties. The cornmeal in these makes me think I should try these. 🙂

    A vegetarian boarding school? Wild!

  36. recipes2share January 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    These look so good & remind me of falafel which I haven't made for so long, but love to eat at Chez Marianne in Paris.

  37. lisaiscooking January 20, 2009 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    These sound fantastic. I’ve made something similar with black beans before. And, I get vegetarian cravings too!

  38. ranji January 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    WOW!!what a delish…love love love this…corn and chickpeas combo is simply wonderful…i am going to make this..thanks for the recipe!!! 🙂

  39. TBC January 22, 2009 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It helped me discover your wonderful space!
    Patties are a favorite in my home. I make a spiced up Indian version of these.:)

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