Monday, April 29, 2013

Meatless Monday with Mindy #12 Chickpea Salad

Welcome to the 12th installment of Meatless Monday with Mindy!

Are you trying to go meatless but are unsure where to start?  Don't over-think it. There are a lot of ways you can incorporate alternatives to meat in your meals.  

Americans eat meat at almost every meal.  Meatless Monday isn't just replacing meat at the dinner hour. Breakfast and lunch should be meatless as well.  Have oatmeal or a whole grain cereal for breakfast.  For lunch, try a veggie chili either from a can, or make your favorite recipe at home replacing the meat you’d normally use with a vegetarian ground meat product, or some cooked lentils.

Nuts, seeds and beans along with an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables will provide a well-balanced meal plan on the days you go meatless. Adding greens and citrus fruits will also pack a healthy punch to your immune system as well as your overall health.

Of course, you can make it easy and simply use beans in place of the meat for meatless any day of the week. Meatless Monday can be Meatless Tuesday, Meatless Wednesday, Meatless Thursday.......... you get the idea!

Today I used my favorite tuna salad recipe for lunch and replaced the tuna with garbanzo beans (chickpeas).  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Chickpea Salad

1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbs each diced carrots and green onion
2 Tbs Veganaise or Mayonaise with Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Serves 2

In a small bowl, add the chickpeas and coarsely mash with a fork.

Add the carrots and green onions and toss with the smashed chickpeas.

Add the dressings, herbs and spices and mix well.

Spread the chickpea salad on a bun and top with your favorite toppings.
Serve with fruit for a well rounded lunch!

Adopting a healthy meatless diet isn’t just taking meat off your plate and eating what’s left. You need to take extra steps to ensure you’re meeting your daily nutritional needs as well.  Plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are eaten in combination to create a well-balanced meatless diet.

Challenge yourself to take your favorite recipe that uses meat and see what you can create using a meat substitute. It's fun, tasty and much healthier!

I would love it if you try this recipe and leave a comment on how you liked it.

What are some of the foods you are trying for Meatless Monday?

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