As the evenings grow chillier, warm and nourishing dishes like this satisfying chickpea stew are welcome at dinner. A dollop of pesto gives a burst of flavor and one last nod to summer. Look for it in the refrigerated section of your market, or make your own.
Prepare yourself for a few rousing verses of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow," sung by the vegetarians in your group. Far from a limp and wilted also-ran or meatless mystery, this sandwich packs brightness (chickpeas gently mashed with lemon juice, lemon zest, and olive oil) as well as a mix of textures from the cheese, eggs, and fennel shavings.
This meal comes together especially easily when using extra roasted vegetables reserved from Cauliflower Steaks with Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salad. If you haven't made that recipe, simply roast 1 cup of cauliflower florettes and 1 1/2 pints of grape or cherry tomatoes.