HAVE YOU MADE CHICKPEA SALAD?

HAVE YOU MADE CHICKPEA SALAD?

Today, I found chickpea salad while surfing recipes online. I am not a cook and I do not enjoy preparing food in anyway. However, I am discovering that this is a huge problem for my health. I eat a lot of prepared foods. Even as a vegan this has remained true. In my effort to change this I have spent some time daily surfing the billions of recipes online for things that are appealing to me. Appealing in my case does not only mean tasty, but simple!

This morning, I searched two food items. First was sugar-free baking and the second was chickpeas. Though I wanted to try my hand at hummus, I needed to pick up some tahini first. Instead, I came by a recipe for chickpea salad. I recall someone at the farm sanctuary (My Journey To A Plant-Based Diet) where I used to volunteer suggesting this one day, but never checked it out! This was the perfect find for today. I decided this was a great way to get some protein and fibre in my afternoon meal.

Another thing of note, I love sandwiches. When I first stopped eating meat, then eggs and cheese, sandwiches were the thing I missed the most. This may come from the ease of preparation or from memories of “buns and cold meats” as a family lunch on Saturday growing up.

MY FIRST TRY

The recipe I found was on a site called the Simple Veganista. The word simple is definitely what attracted me! I have to be honest. I looked at the picture and did not then end up following her recipe. Her ingredients were so simple, I was able to decide exactly what I was going to mix in with my mashed chickpeas.

I took one can of chickpeas and rinsed them. Then I mashed them with a fork, not finely as that is way too much prep work for me. I mixed in vegan mayonnaise (which my daughter started buying when we moved in together) and some relish. My choice of mixing ingredients was made as I was preparing the chickpeas. As I was mashing the chickpeas, I was reminded of making egg salad in the past and my favourite ingredients were onion, relish and mayonnaise. I did not include the onion today.

WORTH THE TRY!

The end result was FABULOUS! I was so excited I had to share my experience with you. I can now think of many variations in ingredients to include, and also different ways to enjoy it. Grilled chickpea and vegan cheese sandwiches are appealing. Chickpea salad, made with salsa would spice it up a bit. Chickpea salad as a side dish with almost anything on the menu also came to mind.

I am motivated by my desire to be vegan and my need to loss some fat. I am learning to try new things and am learning that a little prep is necessary, as eating whole foods is much healthier than eating factory-prepared foods. The idea here, is not to become a master chef, but to learn to make some new, tasty and healthful foods to include in my menu.

I would enjoy hearing from you. Share your quick and easy plant-based meal ideas with me at lmfvella@livefatandfit.com.

LIVEFATANDFIT AND BE WELL!

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