I have quite the sweet tooth and appreciation for classic comfort foods like carbs and cheese. Unfortunately, my overindulgence has me off track from my lifestyle of “moderation”. I don’t like to cut food groups out, but I definitely need a bit more balance in my life lately.
If you go back in my archives, you will see a post about my journey to losing 70 pounds! I had my daughter two years ago and I dropped all, but those last five pesky pounds within a few months of having her. (How did that happen??!) Then I started a new BC medication late last summer due to horrible migraines and the scale went up another twenty pounds. Terrible side effects-Sigh!
Sometimes fitness and healthy eating go on hiatus in favor of convenience and survival mode. I’m tired of feeling like a stranger in my own body and want to regain focus to become my best self physically and mentally again. It will take time and until I reach my goals I can only be kind to myself.
So, in the spirit of all things new and refreshing, I’m sharing a healthy and delicious chickpea salad. My friend brought this dish to work last month and luckily she shared the recipe.
Chickpea Salad- (adapted from the blog Spend with Pennies)
1 avocado (Mine wasn’t ripe, so I omitted)
Fresh lemon juice (from half a lemon)
1 can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley or dried to taste
1 diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt & pepper to taste
1. Add avocado to bowl and pour lemon juice overtop. Give it a good, but gentle toss.
2. Dump the other ingredients into the bowl and mix.
3. To make dressing, add ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over salad and stir.
* Place into fridge for at least an hour for flavors to meld.
This salad would also, be terrific with feta cheese. I added some after the fact and really enjoyed it.
Pack this up in Mason or Weck jars and serve at your family picnic. It’s perfectly portable, filling and flavorful. A winning combination!
Thanks for reading! xo